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Wednesday, 22 November, 2000, 10:19 GMT
Heavy rains revisit Mozambique
Mozambique floods
About 700 died in Mozambique's floods earlier this year
At least nine people have been killed in heavy rainstorms in Mozambique.

An official with the Water Board, Linda de Souza, told the BBC that five people had died in the central province of Zambezia and four more in the northern province of Nampula.

The rains have been falling for nearly a week, damaging roads and homes.

Mozambique is still recovering from devastating floods at the start of this year that killed more than 700 people and left thousands homeless.

Radio Mozambique quoted a government official in Zambezia Province as saying that 70 flimsily-built homes had ben destoyed by storms.

"Most of the roads are impassable because of trees that have been uprooted by the catastrophe," the official was quoted as saying.

Weather forecasters are predicting above normal rainfall in southern and central regions, but say any floods will not be on the same scale as earlier in the year.

However, because of waterlogging river valleys are thought to be highly susceptible to flooding.

KwaZulu/Natal

Heavy rains have also been lashing northern Kwazulu/Natal Province in South Africa, which, like Mozambique, was badly affected by the floods earlier in the year.

Three people were swept away when a bridge over the Mzingazi River collapsed in the northern port town of Richard's Bay.

More than 3,000 people have been evacuated and hundreds of women and children are being housed in public halls and being looked after by by provincial officials and Red Cross volunteers.

The Beeld newspaper reported that a six-year-old boy had drowned in Emadulini on Sunday after falling into a swollen stream. Another person died in a car crash in heavy rains near Empangeni, south of Richard's Bay.

The South African Air Force were placed on full alert at the weekend to rescue flood-trapped people but the bad weather has kept their aircraft grounded.

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