Floods over Xai Xai City, Gaza Province, Mozambique (as of 29 Jan 2013)

This map illustrates satellite-detected areas flood waters along the Limpopo River around the city of Xai Xai, Gaza Province, Mozambique, as detected by SPOT-5 imagery acquired 29 January 2013. Multiple villages are completely inundated by flood waters along the river.

Flood waters have begun to encroach upon the city of Xai Xai, flooding the edges of the city to the north. Flood waters are expected to continue draining south towards Xai Xai, increasing the potential risk of the city becoming inundated. In addition, Xai Xai airport appears to be inundated. Agricultural areas are also flooded surrounding the city. Large sections of road and have also been potentially affected or flooded. This is a preliminary analysis & has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR /