Mozambique: 159 Dead In Floods
The floods that ravaged central and northern Mozambique in January were 159 dead and nearly 160,000 victims, according to a new report released Monday, while the renewed rainfall in recent days could cause further flooding.
“We now counts 158,000 victims, Zambezi (center) is always the most affected province, with 134 deaths and 125 000 people affected since 12 January,” said Rita Almeida, spokesman for the National Institute disaster Management (INGC). The Mozambican government had declared a state of emergency in the region on January 12 when the Licungo River had cut the country in two. The National Directorate of Water (DNA) continues to monitor closely the increase in the level of water, while heavy rainfall this weekend could cause further flooding, was concerned Rita Almeida.
In terms of good news, Mozambique Electricity (EDM) must restore power Tuesday in the center and north of the country, or some 350,000 homes were without electricity for three weeks, according to the Noticias newspaper close to the government. While it is still too early to assess the overall economic impact of the floods – the rainy season expected to continue until March – the South African Standard Bank has already revised its growth forecast GDP Mozambique to 6.5% in 2015, against 7.5% previously.