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Four children die in Mozambique floods
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Maputo (AFP) Jan 16, 2013


10,000 displaced by floods in Indonesia capital, two dead
Jakarta (AFP) Jan 16, 2013 - Severe flooding following torrential rain has driven almost 10,000 people from their homes in the Indonesian capital, an official said Wednesday, with two people killed so far in the seasonal chaos.

National disaster management agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said 9,374 people had been evacuated to temporary shelters, while a child was among the two victims swept away in the floods Tuesday.

"Days of heavy downpours caused the rivers to overflow and triggered floods up to three metres (10 feet)," he told AFP, adding that rivers in the capital Jakarta had a low capacity to contain the monsoon rain.

Indonesia is regularly afflicted by deadly floods and landslides during its wet season, which lasts around half the year, and many in the capital live beside rivers that periodically overflow.

At least 11 people were killed and seven missing in November after flash floods triggered by heavy rain hit a village on Indonesia's Sulawesi island.

Floods in Mozambique have killed four children as the heaviest rains in over a decade battered the capital of the southeast African country, authorities said Wednesday.

"In Maputo city we have four confirmed deaths," said Rita Almeida, a spokeswoman for the National Disaster Management Agency, adding that all were children.

The national death toll from flooding now stands at six since authorities raised a flood alert last Friday.

Emergency teams set up temporary shelters around the capital after nearly 400 houses collapsed in Tuesday's heavy downpour.

Meteorologist Sergio Buque from Mozambique's weather office (INAM) said "55 millilitres (2 inches) fell within two hours".

"No drainage system could have withstood that," said Buque.

The deluge was the heaviest recorded since devastating floods in 2000 killed 800 people and affected over four million.

Over 14,000 people nationwide have been affected by the latest floods, especially those living in the Zambezi river basin.

Although rainfall has eased off across many parts of the country, more is forecast for next week.

Authorities say they will be closely monitoring flood-prone southern coastal cities including Maputo, Xai Xai and Inhambane.

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Mozambique floods kill 2, destroy homes
Maputo (AFP) Jan 15, 2013
Floods in Mozambique have killed two people and left hundreds homeless after heavy rains caused havoc, cutting roads and inundating parts of the capital, authorities said Tuesday. Heavy rains have caused five major rivers - including the Zambezi, Africa's fourth longest river system - to burst their banks, flooding farmland and destroying homes. "At this moment our big worry is Inhamba ... read more


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