Mozambique News Agency

Floods update - 18th November 2001


Maputo, 18 Nov (AIM) - Mozambique's Southern Regional Water Board (ARA-Sul) has warned people living near the banks of rivers to take precautions, given that the rainy season has already begun.

Major floods occurred in every river basin south of Beira in the rainy season of 2000, and in the January-April period 2001 there was flooding in the main basins of central Mozambique.

Over the past week it has been raining heavily in southern Mozambique, and, in a statement issued on Saturday, ARA-Sul said that the flows of the major rivers are increasing.

It said that precautionary measures should be taken, including moving agricultural equipment and any other possessions away from river banks.

Although ARA-Sul said no floods have yet occurred, motorists in Maputo province might disagree. Since Friday afternoon, the road between Moamba and Magude districts has been cut. The Incomati river has risen high enough to cut off access to a metallic bridge over the river.

Dozens of vehicles were therefore stranded on either bank of the river during this weekend. (AIM)

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