Fewer people than expected affected by heavy rains

About 3,800 families have been affected by the torrential rains which struck parts of Mozambique in January, according to the country’s relief agency, the National Disaster Management Institute (INGC).

This is much lower than the forecast in the government’s contingency plan for the rainy season, INGC general director Joao Ribeiro told reporters on Friday, after a meeting of the Disaster Management Technical Council (CTGC).

Ribeiro attributed the relatively low number of people affected to the publicity given to preventive measures, and to the improved early warning systems, which have helped raise public awareness about the dangers of flooding.

The area worst hit so far is Buzi district, in the central province of Sofala, where about 1,000 homes are surrounded by water, and 2,708 hectares of various crops have been inundated.

In Buzi town six accommodation centres have been set up for people displaced by the rains, Currently 320 people are living in the centres.

As from Saturday the INGC will install tents in Buzi, and transfer the people now in the classrooms, thus allowing classes for 2014 to begin on schedule on Tuesday.

The National Meteorology Institute (INAM) warns that on Friday and Saturday heavy rains will continue to fall in Sofala and the neighbouring province of Zambezia.

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