Tropical depression 'Dando' brought high winds and torrential rains to the southern part of Mozambique on Jan 17 and Jan 18 causing flooding and misery for the population.
AllAfrica reports that the storm flooded part of the country's capital city, Maputo and the nearby city of Matola. Roads were washed away, schools were closed and 480 people were driven out of their homes by rising flood water. The provinces of Zavala was severely affected by high winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour, which caused damage to property and crops such as cashew trees and coconut palms.
The Bernama website said that Mozambican authorities had issued a red alert as the storm headed for the southern parts of the country and parts of South Africa. The storm caused large waves of up to six metres high which prevented fishermen from Maputo going out to sea to fish. The city of Xai-Xai suffered a major power cut as branches from trees torn off by the high winds fell onto electricity power lines.
Digital Journal contacted Tracey Williams who works in an orphanage near Maputo by Facebook to find that although the children should have started back at school on Jan 17, they had been unable to do so as the roads were flooded and neither the children from the orphanage nor the teachers were able to reach the school . Tracey told us that her own bedroom was "like a paddling pool" and that mopping up operations at the orphanage have now begun as the tropical storm heads away and the winds and rain die down.
Mozambique suffers frequent flooding with the wet season lasting from October to March. Tropical cyclones are a common feature of the weather patterns of the country.