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Dec 19, 2014

16:12:02 GMT--Flash Flood - Africa - Mozambique

EDIS Number: FF-20141219-46380-MOZ

Date / time: 19/12/2014 16:08:36 [UTC]

Event: Flash Flood

Area: Africa

Country: Mozambique

State/County: Capital City

Location: Maputo

Number of Deads: 5 person(s)

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: 300 person(s)

Damage level: Heavy


Five people have died in floods in the capital Maputo, after days of torrential rain, according to Mozambican authorities. Five homes were also swept away by floodwater. Maputo mayor, David Simango, visited the affected neighborhoods. People living in flood-prone areas of the coastal city would be moved to safe zones, according to the city's health and social welfare councilor, Nurbai Calu. "For those families who have lost their houses, in the first place we want to guarantee that they are in good health and have a roof over their heads," said Calu, according to the Mozambican news agency, AIM. "We have nobody sleeping in the open." Calu said it is difficult to estimate the cost of the damage so far. In the neighboring city of Matola, about 300 people were left homeless after 19 houses collapsed and another 370 were flooded, reported the news agency. Hundreds of people have also been displaced in the southern city of Xai Xai. Mudslides have damaged roads, making it difficult to reach affected areas. The water was waist-high as people were forced to evacuate their homes, carrying as many of their belongings as they could.

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