In Summary
  • There are 111 people with injuries, 18 hospitals destroyed, 938 classrooms destroyed and 9,763 students affected.

  • More than 168,000 hectares of crops were also destroyed, the government spokeswoman added.

Maputo,

At least 66 people have been killed and 141,000 affected after heavy rains deluged central and northern Mozambique, the government has said as it appealed for funds to manage the crisis.

"The government has decreed a red alert due to the continuing rains and the approach of the tropical cyclone Idai, expected to reach the country between Thursday to Friday," said cabinet spokeswoman Ana Comoana.

She spoke to reporters late Tuesday after a meeting of the Council of Ministers held in Maputo to discuss the deadly flooding.

The floods in one of Africa's poorest countries have already destroyed 5,756 homes, affecting 15,467 households and 141,325 people.

INJURIES

There are 111 people with injuries, 18 hospitals destroyed, 938 classrooms destroyed and 9,763 students affected.

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