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. Ten dead in Mozambique storm: report

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Maputo (AFP) Jan 6, 2009
Torrential rains have left 10 people dead in Mozambique, including two children swept away by a raging river, the state-run daily Noticias newspaper reported Tuesday.

The storm caused significant damage and stranded communities in seven districts after roads were left impassable in the central and southern provinces of Manica, Gaza and Inhambane, the paper said.

Mozambique's rainy season is now underway, which regularly causes the Zambezi river to burst its banks and flood the surrounding areas.

Last year 180,000 people were forced to evacuate after unusually strong rains. In March, the country was also hit by Cyclone Jokwe, which killed at least 17 people.

The country's worst flooding came in the summer of 2000-2001, when more than 700 people died and the former Portuguese colony suffered 800 million dollars in damage.

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