Mozambique: Maximum Alert Issued As Water Rises On Limpopo River

MAPUTO, Mozambique (PANA) - The Southern Regional Water Board in Mozambique's southern Gaza province has issued another maximum alert in the Limpopo Valley following a notable water level rise on the Limpopo river.
The board's technician, Olinda Sousa, was quoted by Radio Mozambique as saying Monday that there had been a major increase in the flow of the Limpopo at Beit Bridge, in South Africa.

Furthermore, the Massingir dam on the Elephants River, the main tributary of the Limpopo in Mozambique, had been forced to increase its discharges.

The result was certain to be another flood on the Limpopo, whose waters overflowed in February killing several hundreds of people and domestic animals.

A major international relief effort and helicopter rescue operation prevented thousands of other displaced people from drowning and starvation.

Sousa warned that the town of Chokwe would soon be inundated again.

Chokwe was devastated by the massive Limpopo flood of late February, but over the past fortnight the waters have been subsiding and some Chokwe residents have tried to return to their home.

The water board advised against this, saying that people should keep away from the river banks while the current rainy season lasts.

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