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A gale destroyed 76 houses, public buildings and religious facilities in the Zumbo district of Tete province in central Mozambique on Friday afternoon.
Zumbo administrator Djone Manhoso said that of the 76 properties affected, 47 were in the Cahora Bassa neighborhood and 13 in the Lusaka neighbourhood. Nine were public institutions, four civil servants residences and three churches.
Manhoso, who spoke by telephone to the Diário de Moçambique, said public infrastructure damaged included the district hospital, PRM District Police Command, Electricity of Mozambique property, a market and the garage of the administrator’s official residence.
“This is the first gale in our district this year and has cause great damage. First we will take measures to repair the damage, especially at the hospital, so that patients do not suffer,” he said.
Djone Manhoso said that the government immediately reached out to victims of the gale and reported the incident to the National Institute of Disaster Management for support, especially for people who had lost roofs.
“We expect the INGC to respond because the population needs help,” the administrator said, adding that bad weather did not cause any incidents on the Zambezi and Aruanga rivers in the area, the government having used community radio to broadcast messages appealing for solidarity and to warn crews against possible maritime accidents.
“We are pleased because the appeals broadcast were taken notice of and we would like this to continue to be the case, because the government disseminates such messages in protection of the people, its people, as it should,” Djone Manhoso said.
Zumbo district is 560 kilometres away from Tete city, the provincial capital.Source: AIM Moçambique