Six feared dead in Mozambique floods

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In this hand out photo distributed by the Mozambican National Institute of Disaster Risk Management (INGD) and dated January 28, 2022, the bridge between the Mozambican towns of Mocuba and Maganja da Costa in Nampula Province is seen damaged and the surrounded area flooded. (Photo by Antonio BELEZA / INGD Mozambican National Institute of Disaster Risk Management / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /Mozambican National Institute of Disaster Risk Management (INGD) " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Six people were feared dead in Mozambique on Tuesday after they tried to cross rivers swollen by floodwaters in dugout canoes, police said.

The accidents on the Zambezi and Revuboe rivers came in the wake of Tropical Storm Ana, which pummeled the region last week, leaving 86 dead in Mozambique, Madagascar and Malawi.

Heavy seasonal rains have continued to hit central Mozambique, leaving rivers still raging days after Ana dissipated.

On the Revuboe River, the tropical storm washed away a key bridge, forcing people to cross by boat.

One canoe carrying 12 people capsized at the weekend. Eight people were rescued, but the rest are feared dead, including a three-year-old child, said police spokesman Feliciano da Camara.

“The canoe that sank in the Rovuboe River was carrying 12 people, of whom eight were rescued alive,” he said.

Two others were feared dead after a canoe sank on the Zambezi River, he added.

“The rainy season’s strong winds and rains are causing very strong currents, which makes navigation difficult,” he addd.

Another tropical storm, Batsirai, has already formed in the Indian Ocean, headed toward Madagascar.

AFP

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