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02 Jan 2020 | 05:32 AM UTC

Mozambique: Thousands of people impacted by floods in northern regions January 1 /update 1

Thousands of people impacted by heavy rains and flooding in several northern provinces January 1; additional rainfalls expected over the weekend



At least 10,000 people have been impacted by heavy rainfall and associated flooding in the Cabo Delgado, Nampula, Zambesia, and Tete provinces as of Thursday, January 1. Five people have died, and more than 1000 houses have been destroyed. A key bridge near the Montepuez river has also been affected, cutting access to several districts in the region.

Rain and associated flooding are expected to continue throughout the weekend on Saturday, January 4 and Sunday, January 5.


Individuals the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.