Tropical Storm Dando, a category one storm with associated winds (up to 70km/h) and moderate to heavy rainfall, hit southern Mozambique on 17 Jan 2012 and caused flooding and damage to houses and schools in the provinces of Maputo, Gaza and Inhambane. Heavy rainfall in South Africa and Swaziland caused a steady increase of water levels in the Maputo, Umbeluzi and Incomati Basins, flooding low-lying areas in Magude and Chokwe. (Office of the Resident Coordinator, 20 Jan 2012)
Cyclone Funso, a powerful Category 4 storm that moved slowly through the Mozambican Channel between 19-28 Jan 2012, caused heavy rains and flooding in southern Malawi along the Mozambican border, forcing 5,000 people to flee their homes. (AFP, 25 Jan 2012)
With no new cases of flooding reported in weeks, the combined impact of tropical storms Dando, Funso and Irina in Mozambique was as follow: 44 deaths, with 108,048 people (25,880 households) affected. An estimated 28,000 homes were destroyed, damaged or flooded, 735 classrooms and 31 health units damaged and 140,538 ha of crops affected, of which 41,979 ha were totally lost. The focus shifted to early recovery activities. (OCHA, 5 Apr 2012)
In southern Malawi, the situation normalized and the majority of displaced had returned to their homes. However, around 4,328 people were still displaced in ad hoc shelter sites. Small to medium scale flooding continued to occur across the country. As of 12 Mar 2012 , an estimated total of 18,484 households (92,420 people) have been affected to some extent by storms and floods. (OCHA, 5 Apr 2012)
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 27 January 2012 – According to reports received by UNICEF, hundreds of families in the districts of Pebane and Maganja da Costa in Zambezia have had their dwellings destroyed as a result of the tropical cyclone Funso, which recently bruised the Zambezia coast. Action Aid, a UNICEF partner, reported that more than 2,200 families had seen their houses fully or partially destroyed by the winds and rains from the cyclone.