AT LEAST 12 KILLED AS STORM BATTERS MOZAMBICAN CAPITAL

At least 12 people have been killed and another 29 injured during an electrical storm which hist Maputo City and Maputo Province on Monday night, according to preliminary data on the damage revealed by Government Spokesman and Deputy Health Minister Mouzinho Saide.

He told the media after the weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers (Cabinet) here Tuesday that six of the deaths occurred in Maputo city, where 23 people were also injured. A total of 167 houses in the city were damaged by the storm, which also destroyed electricity pylons, leaving large areas of Maputo without power.

Roads were blocked by fallen trees, and the torrential rain invaded homes and flooded roads in the downtown area.

The storm also hit Matola city and all the rural districts of Maputo province — Moamba, Marracuene, Boane, Manhica, Matutuine, Namacha and Magude. Six people died in the province and a further six were injured. A total of 355 houses, seven schools and 12 health units were damaged by the storm.

“Multi-sector teams from the Disaster Management Technical Council are working on the ground in Maputo City and Province surveying and assessing the damage,” Saide said.

The health service is looking after the injured, and teams from the publicly-owned electricity company, EDM, are repairing the fallen pylons and transmission lines, and restoring power to the areas that had been blacked out.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK