In the province of Gaza in southern Mozambique, heavy winds, thunderstorms and lightning strikes killed five people and seriously injured 15 others.
The heavy rains that lasted for 24 hours over the weekend was accompanied by strong winds, thunderstorms and lightning, left a trail of destruction. 5,000 houses were destroyed and six health centres were partially submerged.
Bonifacio Cardoso, the spokesperson of Mozambique’s National Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in the area asked people to take precautionary measures including by staying indoors during thunderstorms.
Over 394,000 people are estimated to be affected by floods in the province in the current rainy and cyclone season, which runs until the end of March.
The Mozambican disaster agency has already deployed teams to the area with boats, foodstuff, tents and blankets in readiness for the expected flooding.