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The provinces of Nampula, Zambézia, Niassa, Sofala, Manica and Tete suffered strong winds and heavy rains yesterday as tropical storm Ana made landfall in Mozambique from the direction of Madagascar.
According to a statement from the National Institute of Meteorology (INAM) cited by Noticias this Tuesday, tropical storm Ana was bearing rainfall of more than 200 millimetres, with winds of up to 100 km/h, gusting to 130 km/h, as it neared the coast of Angoche district.
The storm reduced in intensity to a tropical depression, but heavy rainfall and strong winds hit all districts of Nampula and Zambézia provinces, plus some districts of Sofala, Manica and Tete.
Reports from Nampula province indicate the destruction of houses, schools and hospitals in the districts of Liúpo, Memba, Larde and Mogovolas, according to preliminary data shared by the Emergency Operative Committee (COE).
Speaking on the sidelines of the 1st COE meeting, Director of Social Services in Nampula, Munira Abdou, said that Ana had destroyed public and private socio-economic infrastructure in Moma and Larde districts, in the south of Nampula.
In Nacala-Porto, 750 families were left without electricity, and another 15 saw their houses collapse as a result of the rain and strong winds.
The effects of the storm were also felt in Zambézia province, with the Licungo river exhibiting very high flow downstream, making impassable roads between Mocuba-Lugela, Mocuba- Mocubela and Mulumbo-Milange, according to the daily bulletin of the National Directorate for the Management of Water Resources (DNGRH).
Faced with this scenario, the DNRGH, the regional water administrations and the INAM have appealed to residents of low-lying and riverside areas to immediately leave for safer areas.
The authorities predict that around 600,000 people in the provinces of Nampula, Zambézia, Niassa, Tete and Sofala may be affected by the effects of the storm.
The National Institute for Disaster Risk Management and Reduction (INGD) has mobilised resources and humanitarian support in response to the situation, president Luísa Meque noting that a multi-sectoral team had gone to the targeted provinces to support families at risk.