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Mozambique Floods Threaten 50,000

Posted by feww on January 22, 2013


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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Thousands flee as severe flooding threatens Mozambique

Mozambique authorities  are planning the mass evacuation of at least 50,000 people after yet another extreme rain event swamped the Limpopo Valley in southern Mozambique, forcing many to abandon their homes.

  • About  6,000 have been displaced so far, mostly in the capital, Maputo after heavy rain swamped the city’s drainage system, prompting authorities to issue an “orange alert.”
  • At least eight major rivers are currently well above alert levels in the coastal Mozambique.
  • From Sunday to Monday over 184 millimeters of rain fell at Combumune, on the upper Limpopo, and 163 millimeters at Xai-Xai, capital of Gaza province, near the mouth of the river,” said a report.
  • Flooding has left 35 dead since the start of the rainy season in October—13 in January alone.
  • “The alert level is 5 meters (16 feet). Yesterday it reached 6m. If it will go one more meter then it will create a big problem,” a UNICEF employee told reporters. “If this scenario happens, the community that is going to be affected is around 50,000 people.”


Across the border, in Zimbabwe’s Beitbridge District, floods have destroyed many homes and much of the infrastructure.

  • Floods and lightning strikes have killed more than 120 people since the onset of the rainy season in October.


In northern Botswana, severe flooding triggered by extreme rain events has inundated dozens of shelters in the Dukwi Refugee Camp, UN reported.

South Africa

Severe flooding in South Africa’s northern Limpopo Province has left at least a dozen people dead and many hundreds stranded after the Limpopo River burst its banks.


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