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The number of people affected by bad weather in Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique, has risen from 2,650 to 8,600, the National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) said on Monday.
Preliminary data from INGC said that 8,600 people have been affected by rain, accompanied by strong winds, since 26 December in Cabo Delgado province, according to the document.
There are more than 1,700 houses affected, as well as 59 power stations and four houses of worship.
The storms have partially destroyed 13 classrooms, affecting about 1,500 students in that province.
The bridge over the Montepuez River, on Highway Number 380, collapsed in the early hours of Saturday, following bad weather that has already caused the death of at least five people, according to data from the INGC Coordinating Council, cited by the Mozambique Information Agency.
On the same day, the Mozambican government issued an orange alert to all provinces in the country, as a way to speed up the mobilization of resources to assist victims and restore damage, taking into account that the rainy season in the country only ends in April.
In addition to Cabo Delgado, the bad weather hit part of Nampula, but in a weak and moderate regime, said the INGC delegate in that province, Alberto Armando, in declarations to Lusa.
The bad weather has affected about 130 people in this region and has totally and partially destroyed 37 homes and there is a record of an accumulation of sand in the lower Nacala area.
In April this year, some parts of Cabo Delgado province were hit by Cyclone Kenneth, which killed 45 people and affected another 250,000.
A month before Kenneth passed, central Mozambique was devastated by cyclone Idai, which killed over 600 people and affected about 1.5 million people in the centre of the country, as well as destroying various infrastructures.
Between the months of November and April, Mozambique is cyclically hit by cyclonic winds from the Indian Ocean and by floods originating in the watersheds of southern Africa.
In total, 714 people died during the rainy season in 2018/2019, including 648 victims of cyclones Idai and Kenneth.Source: Lusa
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