Floods kill at least 8, sweep away infrastructure in Moz

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Mozambicans seek refuge from floods

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Families are fleeing to higher ground as floods engulf entire villages in Mozambique. Watch.WATCH

Maputo - Floods have claimed at least eight lives, displaced thousands of people and swept away infrastructure, media reported on Wednesday.

The authorities have not given an official death toll for the floods that were sparked by heavy rains over the weekend, but the daily Noticias said five people died in western Manica province. They drowned or were crushed by collapsing buildings.

Three people had earlier been reported to have died after being trapped by floodwater in Gurue and Cuamba in the north.

Eighteen children remained missing in Mocuba in central Zambezia province, where the river Licungo overflowed its banks, forcing 15 000 people to leave their homes.

Interruption of train services

There was concern that the death toll could be even higher, Zambezia official Elisa Somane was quoted by state-owned Radio Mocambique as saying.

A total of 100 000 people were estimated to have been affected by the flooding in the north and centre of the country.

Floods swept away homes, power poles and railway tracks, forcing the interruption of train services in the north. Floodwater blocked roads to neighbouring Malawi, where floods have killed 48 people.

Ten vessels were sent to Mocuba for search and rescue missions. Police reinforcements were also sent to Zambezia province, where hundreds of people have remained trapped in their cars.

The government said it was preparing financial assistance for flood victims.

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