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Mozambique: Cyclone Gombe Hits With Major Damage

After soaking northern Madagascar earlier in the week, Tropical Cyclone Gombe made landfall over the central Nampula Province on March 11, 2022. As the storm came ashore, it carried maximum sustained winds of about 190 km/h, which places it as a Category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. There were two fatalities in Madagascar, according to ReliefWeb. At least seven deaths have been reported in Madagascar as of the evening of March 11.
13 MARCH 2022
Mozambique News Reports And Clippings (Milton Keynes, UK)
Cyclone Gombe hit Nampula province Friday morning (11 March), with winds of 120 to 160 km/h and rain of 200 mm. The cyclone made landfall in Mongicual district, between Ihla de Moçambique and Angoche. It continued west into Malawi.
The heavy winds have caused extensive damage to buildings, with more than 3000 homes destroyed, and many trees are down. Of 23 districts in Nampula province, 16 have no electricity according to EDM, the state electricity company. At least 12 people are known dead, according to INGD, the disaster management institute. Many zones are still inaccessible.
Nampula districts most affected by the cyclone are Monapo, Nacala-Porto, Mussuril, Moma, Meconta, Ilha de Moçambique, Mogincual, and Liupo, The heavy rain is expected to bring flooding in Nampula and Zambezia provinces, particularly the rivers Licungo, Ligonha, Meluli and Monapo, warns the water authority ARA. At least one bridge is down in Zambezia.
Climate change is having an impact, and Cyclone Ana hit the same area in January killing 38 and destroying 12,000 houses
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*5 dead in Malawi due to Tropical Cyclone Gombe impact*
LILONGWE, March 13 (Xinhua) — At least five people in Malawi have died of the impact of Tropical Cyclone Gombe that is moving towards the country from Mozambique, Malawi’s Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) said Sunday.
Four of the dead were from the district of Machinga, while the fifth, a 28-year-old man washed away by a flooding river, was from the district of Mangochi, the DoDMA said.
According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Gombe made initial landfall in Mozambique on Friday as a Category 3 tropical cyclone “with devastating winds, rainfall and storm surge.”
The WMO added in its warning posted Friday on Twitter that heavy rains “bring a threat of flooding in Mozambique and southern Malawi for several days.”
Malawi’s Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has issued a bulletin regarding Gombe’s approach, adding that 10 districts in southern Malawi, including those bordering Mozambique, will be affected.
Gombe has brought continuous heavy rains to Malawi, resulting in flooding and destruction of several infrastructures in the country. As preparatory measures, the DoDMA has stockpiled relief items and deployed a search and rescue team to the flood-prone areas.
In late January, Malawi was hit by Tropical Cyclone Ana, which left at least 46 people dead and another 18 missing in the country, affecting more than 221,000 households and 945,000 people, according to official reports. ■
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