At least five people have been killed in Mozambique’s Gaza province following heavy rains that left a trail of destruction in the region, the National Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (INGC) said on Tuesday.
INGC spokesman Bonifacio Cardoso said the rains, which occurred at the weekend and were accompanied by strong winds, thunderstorms and lightning, destroyed 5,000 houses and six clinics, leaving at least 15 people injured.
He said INGC has deployed teams to the area with boats and relief supplies in preparation for more flooding.
Mozambique is prone to flooding since the country acts as a catchment area from water coming from fellow southern African countries en route to the Indian Ocean.
Parts of the country have also been affected by tropical storms that start from the Indian Ocean, with coastal areas experiencing at least five such storms in 2021 alone.