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Mozambique is on the receiving end of 18,000 cubic meters of water per second from Zimbabwe.
The National Institute for Disaster Management late last night issued an alert which reads: “ALERT ALERT ALERT – Mozambique receives 18,000 cubic metres of water per second from Zimbabwe”, adding, in a response to a question, that the discharges will affect the already devastated basins of Buzi and Pungue rivers in central Mozambique.
State Televison broadcaster TVM confirms the information in the exact same terms:
Meanwhile, an A Verdade online reports that floods in the Búzi, Pungue and Zambezi basins could extend to the Save river.
Continuing rainfall in the central region of Mozambique and Zimbabwe continues to top up the Búzi, Pungwe and Zambezi river basins in the low Zambezi.
“Given the meteorological forecast that indicates the probability of occurrence of rains and the prevailing hydrological situation, for the next 72 hours, hydrometric levels with tendency to rise are predicted for the basisn of Búzi, Púngoè and Zambezi in the low Zambezi, where alerts there being upheld,” the most recent bulletin from the National Water Resources Management directorate indicates.
The document, updated early this Wednesday (20), indicates that the “basins of Save (in Vila Franca do Save), Maputo, Umbelúzi, Meluli, Licungo, Lúrio and Rovuma may register a rise in the level of waters. However, they remain below alert level with the exception of the Save basin”.
The Save basin could reach alert level due to water coming from Massangena.
The bulletin also forecasts flooding in the lower areas of the Licungo and Namacurra basins in the districts of Maganja da Costa and Namacurra.
And news just in… flash flooding could hit Maputo and Matola cities from Friday, 22 March, because rivers across central and southern Mozambique have reached their flood stage. #CicloneIdai
— Zenaida Machado (@zenaidamz) March 20, 2019
The National Water Resources Management directorate further warns that floods will continue in:
The Beira city neighbourhoods of Alto Manga, Ndunda, Manga Mascarenhas, Vaz, Munhava, Macurungo, Chipangara, Chaimite (Praia Nova), Maraza, Pioneiros, Matacuane, Manga, Chota, Muhava, Esturro, Matador, Vila Massane, Maganza, Inhamizua, Chingussura, Nhaconjo, Ponta Gea and Macuti: and in
The city of Dondo’s neighbourhoods of Nhamataca, Chibinde, Mutua and Ponte Rodoviária.
Rainfall in the cities of Maputo, Matola and Quelimane could lead to urban flooding, according to the same document.