Death Toll Rises To 11 In Mozambique Floods

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MAPUTO, Mozambique (AIM) - The known death toll in the current flooding in southern Mozambique has now risen to 11.
According to the authorities in the district of Manhica, cited by Radio Mozambique, seven people died when two boats capsized as they attempted to cross the swollen Incomati river.

The first of these tragedies occurred on 14 January, when three members of the same family drowned in Pamene locality.

Two days later four people died when a rowing boat overturned at Munhangwe. There were three survivors from this incident.

Three people died earlier in the month trying to cross the flooded Maputo river at Catuane, and one person drowned in the Umbeluzi river in Boane district.

The latest information on the deaths was given during a visit by a government delegation to Manhica.

The Ministers of Public Works, of Agriculture and of Women's Affairs, Roberto White, Helder Muteia and Virgilia Matabele, respectively, accompanied by Maputo provincial governor Soares Nhaca, overflew the Maputo and Incomati valleys to assess the damage.

They landed at Ilha Josina Machel, one of the worst affected areas, where the Manhica district authorities briefed them on the situation.

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