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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
Charter Requestor:
UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNICEF
Project Management:
UNITAR

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.

Estimated rainfall accumulation from 23rd to 30th January 2013, Mozambique

Source: Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM)
Acquired: 23/01/2013-30/01/2013

Copyright: NASA
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Situation update 1: Floods over Xai Xai City, Gaza Province, Mozambique

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Source: SPOT-5
Acquired: 29/01/2013

Copyright: CNES 2013
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Flood waters over Chokwe, Guika, Bilene, and Xai-Xai districts, Gaza Province, Mozambique

Source: TerraSAR-X
Acquired: 24/01/2013

Copyright: DLR
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Flood waters over Chowke & Guika District, Gaza province, Mozambique

Source: SPOT-5
Acquired: 24/01/2013

Copyright: CNES 2013 / Astrium Geo-Information Services
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Situation update 1: Floods over Chokwe and Guija District, Gaza Province, Mozambique

Source: FORMOSAT-2
Acquired: 24/01/2013

Copyright: CNES 2013
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Situation Map: Floods Over Chokwe and Guija District, Gaza Province, Mozambique

Source: SPOT-5
Acquired: 23/01/2013

Copyright: CNES 2013
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Estimated rainfall accumulation from 14th to 22nd January 2013, Mozambique

Source: TRMM
Acquired: 14/01/2013-22/01/2013

Copyright: NASA
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT