The tropical cyclone DINEO has weakened to depression stage being now denominated EX-DINEO;
The cities and villages of Zavala, Inharrime, Jangamo,
Maxixe, Homoine, Morrumbene, Massinga and Funhalouro are without electricity;
Provincial government of Inhambane estimates that about 653,000 people have been affected overall;
In Inhambane, the death toll reported so far is 7 in four in 3 districts and Inhambane city;
Government requests for tarpaulin for affected households, school and hospital tents, food assistance;
In Gaza province, the situation is calm and the provincial government for safety reasons recommended the suspension of classes.
The province of Inhambane, south of Mozambique has been affected by strong winds and rainfall since 15 February 2017 with more intensity in the afternoon. Major impacts reported so far includes downfall of power poles, trees, destruction of houses and roofs (see pictures attached). Schools, hospitals are also affected and there are sections of the N1 road at risk of being cut especially in Maxixe. Classes in Inhambane were suspended.
At the moment the cities and villages of Zavala, Inharrime, Jangamo, Maxixe, Homoine, Morrumbene, Massinga and Funhalouro are without electricity. Mobile network was also affected and the communication is somehow limited.
Massinga, Jangamo, Morrumbene, Zavala, Inharrime and Homoíne seems to be the most affected districts which recorded strong winds of 170km/h. Some of these districts affected recorded between 200-250 mm in the last 24h.
According to the National Institute for Meteorology INAM update (as of 16.02.17 at 10 am), the tropical cyclone DINEO has weakened to depression stage being now denominated EX-DINEO located in Funhalouro district in Inhambane province moving towards Chigubo district in Gaza province (see figure above and the map below). The system is moving with a speed of 30km/h with winds of 60km/h. The system will continue influencing the weather in Inhambane (Inharrime, Panda, Vilankulos, Maxixe, Mabote and Funhalouro districts) and Gaza (Mandlakazi, Xai-xai, Chibuto, Massingir, Bilene, Guijá, Chokwe, Mabalane, Massangena, Chigubo and Chicualacuala) provinces.
INAM foresees that heavy rains (> 100 mm in 24 h) and strong winds (> 90 km/h) for Gaza and Inhambane provinces will continue between 16 to 17 February 2017. The effects of EX DINEO will also affect Maputo province with moderate to heavy rains (Magude, Manhiça, Marracuene, Moamba, Namaacha e cidades de Matola and Maputo).
While there is no enough information yet related to population affected, the provincial government estimates that about 652,684 people might be affected based on the population data of areas affected. So far, there are 9 deaths confirmed and reported namely 1 in Massinga, 2 in Inhambane city, 2 in Jangamo and 4 in Morrumbene. The Government created four teams in the following areas: planning and information, rapid assessment, logistics and shelter whose will be responsible to generate information in the next hours and days. The priority districts/cities for the assessment based on the level of damages are Inhambane, Maxixe, Morrumbene and Massinga.
Based on the impact and preliminary needs, the Government is requesting for tarpaulin for affected households, big tents for schools and hospitals, food assistance, household kits and water purification supplies. Furthermore, there is a need of assistance with seeds for the second agricultural season.
In terms of stocks, the HCT members has some non-food items (shelter kits, hygiene kits, family kits, WASH supplies, school tents, leaner kits among others) prepositioned in Inhambane and nearby provinces such as Maputo, Sofala and Gaza provinces that can be made available as soon as needed. In terms of food, there are approximately 1,800 ton of food in the various districts of Gaza and Inhambane provinces.
In Gaza province, so far the situation is calm with weak rains and moderate wind. However, the provincial government for safety reasons recommended the suspension of classes and made available schools located in safe areas to shelter possible affected people.