Mozambique – Severe weather update (INAM, UN OCHA, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 23 January 2020)

Heavy rain, widespread floods and strong winds have been affecting Zambezia, Cabo Delgado and Sofala provinces since December 2019, resulting in an increasing number of casualties and damage. According to UN OCHA, as of 21 January, the number of fatalities has increased to 28, with another 66 people injured and more than 58,000 affected, 17,432 in Zambezia, 13,169 in Cabo Delgado and 6,328 in Sofala. More than 10,200 houses have been damaged or destroyed, 47 schools affected and several bridges damaged.

The National Institute of Disaster Management of Mozambique (INGC), who is in the lead of the response, is providing emergency and medical assistance. 10,000 people are sheltering in Zambezia Province and 137,000 received 367 tents and food in Cabo Delgado.

More rain is forecast over central and northern provinces over the next 24 hours.

Source: European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations