22 February 2013

Mozambique: Rainy Season Death Toll Reaches 113

Maputo — The death toll from the storms and floods in the current rainy season, from October up until 17 February stands at 113, according to the latest information from Mozambique's relief agency, the National Disasters Management Institute (INGC).

According to the INGC, a total of 240,827 people have been affected by the disasters, of whom 185,897 were living in government-established temporary accommodation centres as of 17 February.

Because of the massive flooding on the Limpopo river, which completely submerged towns such as Chokwe and Canicado, the southern province of Gaza is the worst affected. 41 people have died in Gaza, and 170,950 people are living in the Gaza accommodation centres.

23 people died in the central province of Zambezia, and 21 in Nampula in the north. In the other eight provinces, the death toll was in single figures.

As for damage to property, 863 classrooms and six health units have been damaged. 374 of the damaged classrooms were in Zambezia, 217 in Gaza and 108 in Tete. The total number of pupils affected is 168,502 – alternative places to study have been found for the vast majority (161,548) of these children.

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