Another cyclone heads for reeling Moz

Report
from Mail and Guardian
Published on 24 Feb 2000
OWN CORRESPONDENT, Johannesburg - Thursday 12.30pm.

While flood-wracked Mozambique reels from the ravages of cyclone Eline, meteorologists warn a second storm they call cyclone Felecia is expected to hit the country within days.

Some 300 000 people have been left homeless and at least 160 people killed by the floods in that country. President Joaquim Chissano has appealed form some R300-million in aid.

Meanwhile, as Eline sweeps towards Zimbabwe where authorities have been placed on full alert, heavy rains continue to lash the Northern Province and Mpumalanga. At least six people have died and 20 have been injured over the past 24-hours.

The fatality occurred in the Senthimula-Kutama area in the west of the greater Louis Trichardt, where houses started collapsing and roads have been flooded.

More than 12 people were admitted to hospital after their houses in six villages near Thohoyandou collapsed.

In the Northern Province 284mm of rain has fallen over the past 24-hours, with Louis Trichardt recording 143mm and Tzaneen 160mm.

The Weather Bureau said the rain will continue for the rest of Thursday.

The United Nations on Wednesday called for R13-million dollars from international donors as the UN's World Health Organisation warned of the growing threat of epidemics such as cholera.

Mozambican Foreign Minister Leonardo Simao told donor representatives in the capital Maputo that part of the money was needed for food, medicine and other assistance for about 800 000 people affected by the floods.