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The Mozambican cities of Maputo, Beira, Quelimane and Matola are at risk of flooding during the rainy season beginning in October, the National Directorate of Water Resources Management (DNRH) predicts.
The directorate’s Augusto Vilankulo told Notícias today that authorities in the four cities should ensure that drainage systems were cleaned and maintained to mitigate the risk of flooding.
“The situation may cause problems in some urban centres if appropriate measures, such as cleaning drainage ditches, are not taken in a timely manner,” Vilankulo said.
He also warned that this year’s rainfall may cause erosion in eight cities and towns in the country.
Floods are forecast between January and March in the northern region with a moderate risk of floods in the centre.
The DNRH says the country overall runs a low risk of floods between October and December, with the exception of some river basins in the central and northern regions.
In the south of the country, the forecast is for normal or below-normal rainfall.Source: Lusa