21 February 2014

Mozambique: Flooding Displaces Hundreds in Zambezia

Photo: © Emily Witt/IRIN
Floods in Mozambique.

Maputo — Heavy rains in the central Mozambican province of Zambezia have forced 110 families to leave their homes in the districts of Mocuba and Maganja da Costa, reports the daily newspaper “Noticias”.

According to Maria Luciano, the Zambezia provincial delegate of the country's relief agency, the National Disasters Management Institute (INGC), 80 of those families came from the town of Mocuba.

The flood victims are being temporarily housed in premises owned by the publicly owned ports and rail company, CFM.

Luciano said that the other families, from Nante and Maganja da Costa, are being accommodated in a former rice processing factory.

Luciano told “Noticias” that the INGC's focus is on assessing the needs of the displaced families so that help can be provided. Special attention is being given to Maganja da Costa and Namacurra, where it is estimated that nine thousand people are at risk of being hit by flooding, in the valley of the Licungo river. She added that five boats were available for rescue operations.

The INGC has also dispatched a team to Furquia, in Namacurra district, where houses and farms have been flooded.

According to the latest hydrological bulletin from the National Water Board (DNA), the level of the Licungo at Mocuba has been dropping, but remains above flood alert level. The flood on the Licungo has disrupted road traffic with several of the major roads in Namacurra and Maganja da Costa districts impassable.

Further south, Cyclone Guito, in the Mozambique Channel, has turned to the south-east, away from the Mozambican coast. It is now unlikely to make landfall, but still poses a threat to shipping.

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