Mozambique storms, floods kill 10

2012-01-23 14:16

Maputo - Disaster relief officials say storms have forced tens of thousands of people from their homes and killed 10 in the southern African nation of Mozambique.

Radio Mozambique on Monday quoted the National Disasters Management Institute as saying the most recent flooding victim died on Sunday in the southern town of Chokwe. That brings the total toll to 10 since a tropical depression brought fierce rains and wind last week.

Storms have abated, but Dulce Chilundo, director of the national emergency office, told Radio Mozambique the government is feeding and housing more than 56 000 people whose homes and belongings were swept away.

The governor of Gaza, Raimundo Diomba, says several schools in his southern province were destroyed. Elsewhere, flooding has made stretches of highway impassable.

  • Susan - 2012-01-23 15:16

    We came back from holiday in Mozambique on Friday night - we saw lots of people at the sides of the road with all their belonings - very sad.Just hours after we passed they phoned us to say the road has been closed.We planned to come back on Sunday - we are lucky we changed our plans otherwise we would have been stranded there.

      Nikki - 2012-01-23 15:59

      Hi Susan, where about in Moz were you staying? My Family live out there and had no contact with them since the storms. I was wondering how bad it is. Thanks

      Susan - 2012-01-24 06:43

      We stayed in Legogo - it is close to Inhambane and Guinjata. We had a rainy day the previous monday, but apart from that the weather was fine, except that the sea was a bit rough - we couldnt go out with the boat.We were surprised when people started calling us asking if we were ok.On the way back however, after Shai Shai it looked as if though we were driving through a dam - water everywhere you looked.

      Linda - 2012-01-24 14:18

      Hi Susan, i am very concerned about my brother and fiance who left durban early Thur 19th for Zona Braza which is 40km north of Xai Xai and 280km north of Maputo it is a lodge 100m from the beach. They planned to return on Thur 26th, we cannot get in touch with them or the lodge office. Do you have any idea how i could get more info as to what the situation is in that area? Thank you and Regards Linda

      Susan - 2012-01-25 11:51

      Linda - i dont think people,s lives will be in any danger, but phones are down and the only acces road to that area is damaged - the people from the blue ahchor inn predict it can take up to a month to repair the road.One way out will be to go via Zimbabwe, but it is a very long drive.Fuel and food will also be a problem,as everything comes from Maputo via the road.If they are at a lodge, they will be fine, i am sure they will have enough supplies for times like these.

  • johan.kroucamp - 2012-01-23 16:22

    @Nikki, contact me at, I'm in Vilanculos at the moment.

  • Theresa - 2012-01-23 16:52

    We're leaving for Mozambique next Thursday.Hope the major routes will be open by then.

      Susan - 2012-01-24 12:03

      Theresa - i just got word that they expect the road to be closed for about a month.

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