Heavy rains and floods expected

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By KEISO MOHLOBOLI

Lesotho Meteorological Services (LMS) warns the public of heavy rains from  tomorrow to Sunday with possible floods in other areas of the country.

The five-day weather forecast warning was issued today by the LMS acting director Mokoena France who also explained that the coming harsh weather is not in any way a result of the Cyclone Eloise that recently hit Mozambique.

“The heavy rains are not expected to be as bad as the other countries in the cyclone’s path,” he said, adding that although the heavy rains will last five days and rains will continue until next March this year.

However, the rainfall intensity will reduce from Friday to Sunday. 

Tropical Cyclone Eloise that hit Mozambique on 23rd January 2021 has left at least one person dead, thousands of houses destroyed, and tens of thousands of people directly affected, reports from Act Alliance, a global alliance of 145 churches said.

“More than 1,000 houses have been destroyed and another 3,000 badly damaged. More than 160,000 people are already affected in Beira, according to Mozambique’s National Institute for Disaster Management and Reduction,” Act Alliance further reported.

“Preliminary reports also indicate that nearly 7,000 people have been displaced and more than 5,000 houses have been destroyed, damaged, or flooded in Buzi, Dondo and Nhamatanda,” Act Alliance cited preliminary data from Mozambique’s government, saying they fear these numbers may rise in the coming days after the full extent of the damage becomes clearer.

“The tropical cyclone left roads impassable in parts of Sofala, Zambezia, Inhambane and Manica provinces,” a report by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Sunday.

“Eloise impacted Madagascar before crossing the Mozambican Channel, killing at least one person,” the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced in an earlier report.

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