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About 5,000 people need assistance in the central province of Sofala following heavy rains in some districts on Wednesday night, an official source has told Lusa.
“We had as much rain in the early hours of this morning as we were supposed to have in the next 15 days. That’s a lot of rain and we will continue to monitor the situation until this low pressure system moves away,” Jamal Alfat, deputy delegate at the National Institute of Meteorology in Sofala, said.
Heavy rainfall, which continues to fall in some places, hit Marromeu, Cheringoma, Caia, Muanza, Dondo, Buzi, Nhamatanda, Maringue, Gorongos districts and Beira city, causing flooding and destroying infrastructure in a region that is still recovering from the impact of Cyclone Idai.
Residents carrying their belongings, particularly food and blankets, and looking for emergency accommodation centres could be seen in some parts of the province, including Beira city, yesterday afternoon.
“We are making emergency interventions along the roads which have been washed away,” Sanitation Director Augusto Manhoca said, adding that the water had left some roads completely submerged, and some impassable because of new potholes.
In March of this year, the centre of the country was devastated by Cyclone Idai, which killed 604 people, affecting about 1.5 million people and destroying much infrastructure.
In April, it was the turn of the north of Mozambique to be affected, this time by Cyclone Kenneth, which killed 45 people and affected 250,000.Source: Lusa
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