8 Dead After Deadly Storms Strike Mozambique

Mozambican emergency officials say heavy
rains and high winds killed eight people in the southern African nation
over the weekend.

Manuel Machaieie of
the Disasters Management Institute told Radio Mozambique Monday three
people were killed Sunday when a tree fell on their homes in southern
Mozambique’s Xai Xai district. Mozambican state media say scores of
homes and schools were destroyed.

State radio
says five fishermen were killed off the central port city of Beira
Saturday. Authorities on Monday were still cautioning fishermen not to
venture out.

Local media report the severe
weather caused by Irina, a cyclone later downgraded to tropical storm,
killed four people in neighboring South Africa.

Last month, two cyclones destroyed homes, crops and water and sanitation facilities across Mozambique.

SOURCE: The Associated Press