9 March 2014

Mozambique: Incomati Flood Laps At Edges of Main Road North

Photo: © Emily Witt/IRIN
Floods in Mozambique.

Maputo — The flood surge down the Incomati river in southern Mozambique has reached Manhica district, about 80 kilometres north of Maputo, and is lapping at the edges of the country's main north-south highway.

Footage on the independent television station STV on Sunday morning, showed water on both sides of the main road, near the 3rd February village - the same spot where the river has submerged the road during several previous rainy seasons.

Road officials on the spot said they were prepared for any eventuality. If the waters rise by another half metre, they will sweep over the road. Nonetheless, the officials hoped that, even if there is some water on the road, traffic will be able to continue flowing.

Further upstream the flood has completely disrupted communications in Magude district. The bridge on the road from Magude to the neighbouring district of Moamba is under water, and it is not yet clear how badly damaged it is. The roads from Magude town to the other parts of the district have been cut.

Electricity pylons and trees have been swept away by the fast flowing river. Farmers and companies who were unable to move their equipment in time have seen pumps, tractors and vehicles submerged. Crops are under water, but no preliminary estimate of the costs of the flood has yet been made.

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