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Tropical storm Ana kills 18 in Mozambique

Mozambique has been hard-hit by tropical storm Ana, leaving tens of thousands homeless.

Maputo, Mozambique | Xinhua | At least 18 people died because of the passage of the tropical storm Ana, which devastated the center and north of Mozambique, announced the spokesman of the National Institute for Disaster Risk Management and Reduction (INGD) Paulo Tomas, on Thursday.

The spokesperson was speaking through a live broadcast on Radio Mozambique on Thursday morning, to disclose the preliminary assessment of the damage caused by the storm.

“Among these deaths, eight occurred in Zambezia province, three in Nampula province, four in Tete and three in Manica provinces,” said Tomas.

According to the spokesperson, the storm partially or fully destroyed over 10,000 houses, and 391 more were flooded. Twelve hospital units were damaged, and 137 schools were affected, which may compromise the classes of 27,386 students.

Some districts that were affected are also suffering from power outages, he said.

Eight accommodation centers had been created in the central and northern parts of the country, where those displaced could receive humanitarian assistance, said the spokesperson.

“Some of these people went to the accommodation centers voluntarily, when there were actions to raise awareness of leaving the risk zones”, he said.

The INGD teams are still on the ground carrying out a further assessment of the risks and damage caused by the storm.

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Xinhua

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