Mozambique has been flooded in some parts of the country, by Cyclone Eloise near the port city of Beira, killing four and affecting 160 000 lives.
According to Mozambique’s National Institute of Meteorology, INAM, Beira received 250mm of rain in 24 hours
The cyclone has now been downgraded to a tropic storm and was forecast to be heading towards Zimbabwe and northern South Africa, which have already experienced heavy rainfall.
Chris Neeson, who works for the UN in Beira said: “It was impossible to sleep because of the noise and fear.”
“I heard so much wind and rain in the early hours of the morning. Water entered my home, as well as rocks and leaves that had flown off my neighbours’ homes. Electricity has been down from last night and we’ve been unable to make calls.
“When I went outside, there was water everywhere – up to my knees – and trees, electrical wires, roof tiles, and fences all destroyed, strewn about on the streets,” he said.
More than 1,000 houses have been totally destroyed and another 3,000 badly damaged, according to Antonio Beleza, from Mozambique’s National Institute for Disaster Management and Reduction.