197 natural disasters struck Indonesia during January 1-23

Thousands displaced after Tropical Cyclone Eloise hits Mozambique

Heavy rains and flooding have forced thousands to flee their homes in Mozambique after Tropical Cyclone Eloise brought wind gusts of up to 150 kilometres per hour (kph).

Eloise struck Mozambique’s Sofala coastal province on Saturday morning before weakening and heading inland to dump rain on Zimbabwe, eSwatini – formerly known as Swaziland – and South Africa.  On Sunday, Mozambique’s National Institute for Disaster Risk Management and Reduction (INGD) said investigations had shown Eloise had displaced 6,859 people. The region’s Buzi district had been particularly hard hit with severe winds.

“Families are in urgent need of essential supplies like food, water, blankets and shelter,” Marcia Penicela, project manager at ActionAid Mozambique, said on Sunday.

“With high floodwaters and power lines down in Buzi, the challenge will now be reaching people most in need,” she added. Eloise ruined 136,755 hectares of crops, destroyed nine schools and damaged about 17 other schools and 11 hospitals, according to INGD…

Tropical Storm Eloise leaves ‘trail of destruction’ across Limpopo [pics]

Photo: @Ronewa_Mathephe / Twitter

Tropical Storm Eloise has made landfall in Limpopo on Sunday morning, causing widespread flooding and destruction across the province. The extreme weather system has also sparked chaos on the roads, with several major routes – and many around Kruger National Park…

197 natural disasters struck Indonesia during January 1-23

Indonesia had been stricken by a total of 197 natural disasters during the January 1-23 period, according to data of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

It is still the first month of 2021, but Indonesia has already seen hundreds of natural disasters that have collectively claimed more than 100 lives

Budi Sutrisno, The Jakarta Post

Most of those disasters were hydrometeorological disasters, the agency wrote on its official Twitter account on Saturday.

The disasters comprising 134 floods, 31 landslides, and 24 whirlwinds, claimed 184 lives, injured, 2,700 people, rendered nine people missing, and affected or displaced 1.9 million people.

In January 2020, during the same period, BNPB recorded 297 disasters affecting across Indonesia, particularly massive flooding in Jakarta and surrounding areas, and claiming 91 lives…

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