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Nine killed and around 500 left destitute after Mozambique’s natural disaster

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Mozambique’s relief authorities in the northernmost province of Niassa say nine people died in the province on Wednesday, 9 January 2019, after being struck by lightning.

It brings the total number of people killed by lightening in the same region since October last to 30.

According to Friday Taibo, an official of Mozambique’s relief agency, the National Disaster Management Institute or INGC in Niassa province, the phenomenon also left 14 people injured.

Taibo said that bad weather in Niassa left more than 500 people homeless after their houses were destroyed, either partially or totally while 36 classrooms, built with local material, were also damaged, affecting 2,800 pupils.

The official urged the people in Niassa to strictly observe preventive safety and security measures.

This, he said, is to avoid the loss of human life due to natural disasters.

“Atmospheric discharges, caused by heavy rains, strong winds and thunderstorms, over the past three years, have been responsible for the death of nine people today (Wednesday). That’s why the INGC has been calling on people to take preventive measures against rainstorms and lightening. These include: avoiding being exposed to the phenomenon, avoid seeking shelter under trees or an electricity pylon,” Taibo told our reporter over the telephone from the provincial capital, Lichinga.

He added: “In addition, they should avoid getting in touch with metallic objects during periods of rains, accompanied by thunderstorms and lightening.”

“They must avoid all acts conducive to attacks by atmospheric discharges.”

The rainy season in Mozambique runs between October and end in March of the following year.

Mozambique is prone to natural disasters, including drought, flooding, rainstorms, lightening and cyclones.



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