Southern Africa: Weekly Report (18 to 24 March 2014)
Seven river basins are on alert. In central Sofala the Pungue River burst its banks, cutting road access between Beira and the Zimbabwe border. In Zambezia, some people living near the Licungo river coastal area have voluntarily left to seek shelter in temporary camps set up during the 2013 flood emergency.
Since the beginning of the season at total of 15,115 families have been affected,1,665 houses totally destroyed and 5,951 houses partially destroyed.
As of 20 March 2014, a total of 46 suspected cholera cases have been reported in the Khomas region, with 4 laboratory confirmed cases and 2 deaths reported. WHO is closely monitoring the situation and cholera cases have been on a gradual decline for the past 3 weeks.
Widespread flooding occurred in the north and north-east of the country, including 25 drownings, damage to infrastructure and some widespread forced evacuations. Two burst dams were reported in Limpopo province. The situation has stabilized and no flooding has has been reported since last week.
Localized floods occurred in the centralnorth, particularly affecting Kitwe, where houses were affected, infrastructure damaged and some local residents displaced. Assessment results have yet to be released by the DMMU. Rainfall forecasts predict continuing rains in the area. This could lead to an elevated risk of flooding in the west due to high water levels in the Zambezi river.
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