Storm Eloise Kills 12 In South-Eastern Africa

Johannesburg: Tropical cyclone Eloise made landfall at Mozambique’s Sofala coastal province on Saturday morning. Severe winds and heavy rains wrecked thousands of buildings, ruined crops and displaced almost 7,000 people while at least 12 people were killed.

According to figures from authorities across south-eastern Africa, 12 people have been killed so far.

Soon after making landfall, Eloise weakened to a tropical storm as it moved inland to dump rain on Zimbabwe, eSwatini – formerly known as Swaziland – South Africa and Botswana.

Six people were killed in Mozambique, the country’s National Institute for Disaster Risk Management and Reduction (INGD) reported, while the number of displaced people rose to more than 8,000. Homes, crops and infrastructure were also damaged, flooded or destroyed.

The death toll from flooding in eSwatini now stands at two, according to police, while three people had been reported killed in Zimbabwe and one in Madagascar. Ongoing rains, though lightening, threatened further floods.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s national water authority also warned that dams were spilling over and could cause floods further downstream.

In central Mozambique, Eloise exacerbated existing floods, with villages and vast swathes of farmland submerged in brown water after rivers burst their banks.