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Mozambique    Mozambique   

Mozambique is a southern African nation whose long Indian Ocean coastline is dotted with popular beaches like Tofo, as well as offshore marine parks. In the Quirimbas Archipelago, a 250km stretch of coral islands, mangrove-covered Ibo Island has colonial-era ruins surviving from a period of Portuguese rule. The Bazaruto Archipelago farther south has reefs which protect rare marine life including dugongs. ― Google

Capital: Maputo

Dialing code: +258

Currency: Mozambican metical

Population: 30.37 million (2019) World Bank

President: Filipe Nyusi

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Floods Ravage Mozambique

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Tropical Cyclone Freddy has left a trail of destruction in its wake, causing at least 7 fatalities and displacing thousands of people in Mozambique. The storm made landfall in the Vilankulo District in the Inhambane Province on 24 February with winds of 95 km/h before weakening to a tropical storm. Freddy then tracked across seven districts in Inhambane and one in Gaza, an area where around 873,000 people live.

Heavy rainfall and flooding were already affecting parts of southern and central Mozambique before Cyclone Freddy arrived, and the additional rainfall brought by the storm has worsened the situation. The Save, Maputo, Incomati, Limpopo, Pungoé, Zambeze and Rovuma rivers were reported to be above alert levels on 25 February, and the risk of severe flooding in the Limpopo river basin has been highlighted by the Global Flood Awareness System.

As of 28 February, over 150,000 people across the provinces of Sofala, Inhambane and Gaza, as well as the city of Maputo, have been affected by the storm. Seven people have lost their lives, and 7 have been injured, with fatalities reported in Sofala and Inhambane provinces. Thousands of homes have been damaged and over 1,500 completely destroyed, and twenty-six evacuation centres have been set up in affected provinces, housing over 7,500 people displaced from their homes. The situation remains dire, and relief efforts are underway to assist those affected by the disaster.

 

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Humanitarian Impact
  150,000
      Affected Persons
  7,500
        Displaced Persons
    1500
          Damaged Homes
  7
        Deaths

OCHA coordinates the global emergency response to save lives and protect people in humanitarian crises.

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