Mozambicans Urged To Leave Flood-prone Areas

Published January 17, 2012 11:45AM (EST)

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambican authorities are urging people to leave flood-prone southern and central areas as a tropical depression brings heavy rains and high winds.

The main roads of Mozambique's capital were flooded Tuesday after heavy rain fell intermittently Monday. The storm whipped up waves as high as 20 feet (6 meters), keeping Maputo fishermen in port Monday.

State radio reports that much of Xai-Xai, the capital of the southern province of Gaza, was underwater and without electricity. The storm had also brought power lines down. Xai-Xai was worst hit by the 2000 floods that killed at least 700 people.

The National Meteorological Institute on Tuesday predicted more heavy downpour.

By Salon Staff

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