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Rains and high winds in the early hours of Sunday felled 38 electricity poles, leaving 27,000 people in the dark in Maputo and Gaza provinces in southern Mozambique, Mozambique Electricity (EDM) announced today.
EDM regional director Neves Xavier told newspaper Noticias that Maputo province had lost 30 power poles, 24 of them in Moamba district, while Gaza province had lost eight.
The storm also damaged nine lightning conductors and two gantries protecting electric power transformers.
Sunday’s heavy rains and strong winds also destroyed an undetermined number of homes, leaving dozens of Maputo and Gaza families in the open.
Homes and access roads were completely flooded, leaving many impassable.
The National Meteorological Institute (INAM) explained that the gale was caused by a low pressure system bringing rainfall of up to 48.4 millimetres Maputo province and city and up to 30.6 millimetres to Gaza province.Source: Lusa
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