The government of Mozambique has decreed a red alert due to continuing rains and the approach of the tropical cyclone Idai, expected to reach the country between Thursday to Friday.
Cabinet spokeswoman Ana Comoana spoke to reporters late Tuesday after a meeting of the Council of Ministers held in Maputo to discuss the deadly flooding.
At least 66 lives have already been lost to heavy rains and floods in central and northern Mozambique. The government has appealed for funds to manage the growing crisis.
The floods have already destroyed 5,756 homes, affecting 15,467 households and 141,325 people.
There are 111 people with injuries, 18 hospitals destroyed, 938 classrooms destroyed and 9,763 students affected. More than 168,000 hectares of crops were also destroyed, the government spokeswoman added.
Authorities have ordered the compulsory evacuation of people living in these areas. “Sixteen accommodation centres have been opened in the provinces of Zambezia and Tete to accommodate the displaced,” Comoana said.
“The government needs 1.1 billion meticais ($16 million) to assist 80,000 families affected by the rains”. Mozambique is prone to cyclones, floods
Floods have already claimed 30 lives and left over 230,000 people without shelter in southern Malawi which borders Mozambique.