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Flooded Maputo fends for itself

The government's response to the flooding of its capital city has been negligible

Today’s front pages in Maputo. Photo © Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

Good afternoon. The government cannot be blamed for the heavy rain that has been lashing Maputo province since Sunday (see below), but it can be blamed for its response. At present, with the rain expected to continue into tomorrow morning and the flooding due to worsen, there has been very little sign of the authorities. The emergency services have not been seen rescuing people, and not much food has been distributed to those who have had to abandon their homes. The National Institute of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management has been invisible, apart from text messages it has sent urging caution. Locals have largely been left to fend for themselves, despite the fact that much of the flooding has happened in the city of Maputo, the seat of central government.

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Today’s front pages in Maputo. Notícias leads with the news that a gas production plant in Temane will be completed in September, and is projected to meet 75% of the country’s demand for cooking gas. Other stories cover yesterday’s heavy rains in Maputo province that flooded homes and roads; and President Nyusi stating that the responsibility for the insurgency in Cabo Delgado province lies with Mozambicans, while at a Summit in Lusaka, Zambia. O Pais leads with the news that opposition party Renamo’s congress will convene on May 15th and 16th. The party’s leadership previously claimed it was unable to finance the congress, but was unable to prove so in court, following pressure from party deputy, Venâncio Mondlane. A second headline covers heavy rains in Maputo province that have left “families in desperation”. Sign up to the Zitamar Daily Briefing for an in-depth look at the biggest stories in the Mozambican media on weekdays 📷 Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News
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Amateur videos show dramatic scenes of flooding in Maputo.
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Heavy rains have been falling in Maputo province since dawn on Sunday, with many areas already flooded. Amateur videos circulating on social media show cars submerged in different areas, most prominently in downtown Maputo, where roads are completely impassable. Boat trips between Maputo city and KaNyaca Island have been suspended due to the bad weather. Many sections of the N4 highway are only passable by off-road vehicles.

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