MAPUTO, 28 January 2021 – Thirty thousand people are under a 48-hour flash flood warning in five districts of Gaza Province in southern Mozambique.
The warning was issued Thursday by meteorologists at the National Institute for Disaster Risk Management and Reduction.
The 30,000 people under the flash flood warning issued Thursday are residents of Chokwe, Xai-Xai, Limpopo and Guija districts, notably those who live along the Limpopo and Shingwedzi rivers.
The two rivers are expected to overflow their banks significantly over the coming two days and residents of the districts concerned have been advised to leave their homes for higher ground for their own safety.
The floods come in the aftermath of Cyclone Eloise which slammed into the Mozambican port city of Beira last Saturday.
The storm weakened into a tropical storm as it traveled inland across Zimbabwe, eSwatini and South Africa.
The death toll from Cyclone Eloise was raised Thursday to 21 after Mozambique and eSwatini confirmed five and two more deaths respectively.
Tens of thosuands of people have been displaced by the storm in Mozambique which destroyed homes, infrastructure and crops, leaving much of the farmlands in central Mozambique under water.