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Severe weather claims 22 lives, affects 16 657 people across Mozambique

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At least 22 people have lost their lives and 16 657  have been affected by natural calamities caused by severe weather in Mozambique since the beginning of October 2020.

16 657 people from 3 695 households have been affected by floods in the provinces of Manica, Maputo, Niassa, Nampula, according to Government spokesperson and Deputy Justice Minister, Filimao Suaze.

In Tete Province, the Zambezi River overflowed as a result of heavy rains, affecting areas in Doa.

In Rapale, at least 13 people lost their lives in flash floods after the Meluli River burst its banks on October 12. 

Eight others died as a result of collapsed buildings due to strong winds and heavy rain. One person died after being struck by lightning.

Suaze added that there had been instances of hailstorm and flooding in low-lying areas of Tete due to the overflowing of the Cahora Bassa Dam. 

Torrential rains have damaged 91 classrooms, three health units, and 14 places of worship.

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