South Africa Aids Flood Stricken Mozambique

Pretoria – The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will send its members to assist in the flood-stricken areas of the Mocuba District of Zambezia Province, Mozambique.

The deployment follows a request from the Mozambican government to the South African government to assist.

The deployment will consist of two Oryx medium transport helicopters, SA Navy divers and medical personnel from the South African Military Health Service (SAMHS).

A South African Air Force C-130 aircraft with members from the SANDF will fly to Mozambique today to assess the situation and the exact requirements.

At least four people died from floods hitting Zambezia, which has seen heavy rainfall for more than two weeks.

On Monday, water from Licungo River in Mocuba flooded the bridge above it, stranding hundreds of vehicles on both sides. Provincial authorities have ordered the interruption of traffic.

People have been warned by the police not to cross the bridge. The law enforcement agents are at the scene to prevent anyone from crossing it.

The same situation is also taking place at Lugela River in the same province. Water has flooded the river banks, destroying planted land.

The Mozambican government’s Disaster Management Technical Council (CTGC) says it has activated an “Institutional Orange Alert” across the country, in light of continued heavy rains and the danger of serious flooding.

With the Zambezia deaths, the number dead from floods nationwide now stands at 12 with eight having died in disasters in the northern port city of Nacala.

The number of houses destroyed or damaged in Nacala stands at nearly 3 000. Taking the country as a whole, the number of households affected by the torrential rains was more than 9 500.

Meanwhile, the National Meteorology Institute (INAM) has warned that in the coming week, rainfall of up to 300 millimetres could fall along the northern coast (the coastal strip of Zambezia, Nampula and Cabo Delgado provinces) and in the interior  Niassa, Nampula and Tete provinces. –

File photo: Mozambique Floods 2013. Photo: Hanna Butler IFRC
File photo: Mozambique Floods 2013. Photo: Hanna Butler IFRC