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Heavy rains in the city of Beira flooded some streets and neighbourhoods, but, thanks to the drainage ditches and the newly built water retention basin, the floods soon abated.
The city of Beira, in Sofala province, is breathing a sigh of relief since the drainage ditches and the water retention basin recently built by the city carried away the flood waters deposited by a night of heavy rain on 4 December.
Beira Municipal Council has offered proof of the infrastructure’s efficacy in the form of ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos.
Families spent a dramatic night perched on top of tables, while others abandoned their homes in the suburban neighbourhoods when the winds blew their roofs off – all at a time when the scars of last March’s Cyclone Idai have still not been erased.
Precipitation in Sofala totalled 211.2 millimetres in just 10 hours. Average rainfall for the whole month in the city is 235.8 millimetres, but more than half that fell from Wednesday to Thursday night in Beira and other regions of the province, the National Institute of Meteorology (INAM) reported in the morning.
As local newspaper Diário de Moçambique reported on Wednesday, “90% of the rain that should have fallen every month” has already fallen in December.
According to Noticias, the unduly high rainfall in the city of Beira and other parts of Sofala was caused by high temperatures resulting in the formation of a low pressure zone which gave rise to atmospheric instability and conditions for precipitation all over the province.
See the before and after images below, all photos by Conselho Municipal da Beira:
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