Floods affect 117,000 people in Mozambique

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floods in Mozambique

Mozambique has been hit by floods that have killed 40 people and affected 117,000 others, according to the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA).

OCHA says there were two tropical storms between 18 and 26 January in Zambezia province that caused the flooding.

Charles Appel reports.

The UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) says Tropical Cyclone Funso, a category 4 storm, hit Zambezia Province on 20 January, affecting about 65,000 people.

The storm caused floods and damaged houses, schools and health centres.

More than 51,000 other people were affected by floods caused by high river flows from upstream in South Africa and Swaziland combined with heavy rainfall due to Tropical Storm Dando.

OCHA says Mozambique remains on alert.

Immediate needs identified by OCHA include chlorine tablets, latrines, slabs, plastic sheets, shelter kits, school tents and food.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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