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Floods kill 10 in Mozambique: UN

AFP  |  Maputo (Mozambique) 

At least 10 people have been killed after heavy rains deluged two flood-prone provinces of Mozambique, the UN said Monday, as meteorologists issued a cyclone warning.

Six people died in the central province in recent days while four were swept away in the coastal province, the said in a report.

More than 62,000 people have so far been affected by floods in the two provinces as well as in the northern province.

"At least 10 deaths reported, and 62,975 people were affected by the floods," the UN said.

National authorities have warned that "at least 120,000 people are at risk of flooding and heavy rains in the coming days," the UN said.

A tropical storm which brought heavy rains and strong winds is forecast to develop into a tropical cyclone in the coming days.

"The system is moving towards the coastal region of and provinces which may reach tropical cyclone stage influencing the weather conditions from March 13, 2019," it warned.

Mozambique, one of the world's poorest countries, is often battered by deadly flooding and storms.

In 2000, floods claimed at least 800 lives, and more than 100 were killed in 2015.

Floods have already claimed 30 lives and left over 230,000 people without shelter in which borders

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 19:20 IST
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