Floods in Mozambique
Monday, 21 January 2013
Type of Event:
Floods / Ocean Storm
Location of Event:
Mozambique - Gaza / Maputo provinces
Date of Charter Activation:
21 January 2013
UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNICEF
Description of the event
On Tuesday, torrential rains and high winds hit Mozambique. Continuous storms have destroyed 6,000 cashew trees, power supplies, farm animals and crops. 4,000 people have lost their homes and four others have died.
The southern provinces; Gaza and Maputo are the worst affected areas. The storms also reached as far as Kruger National Park, South Africa, where tourists had to be evacuated.
Severe flooding has also destroyed 160 classrooms, 600 hectares of farm land and the main crops of Mozambique; the cashew nut.
Meteorologists warn of an intense Category 2 storm heading towards Mozambique with stronger winds and heavier downpours.
In 2000, Mozambique experienced the worst flooding of its lifetime, where half a million people were left homeless and 700 people were killed.
Situation update 1: Floods over Xai Xai City, Gaza Province, Mozambique
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Copyright: CNES 2013
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