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News 2001

Maputo, 5 March 2001:
Floods in Mozambique

So far the floods that are affecting the Mozambique provinces of Sofala, ZambÚzia, Tete and Manica have affected about 400 000 people of which 80 000 are displaced and destitute and caused the death of about 70 people.

map of flood areas
The Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia (INAM) has been providing weather forecasts to the rescue teams and aid organizations. The participation of INAM has considerably improved with the recently installed uprades of the satellite receiving system (PDUS) which now allows the reception of satellite data from the METEOSAT satellite every 30 minuts and data from other satellites such as the IndoEx, GMS, and GoesEast and West. This upgrade also included the Meteorological Data Dissemination (MDD) which enables the reception on numerical produts and different charts used in weather forecasting and aeronautical services. These upgrades are part of the POST EMERGENCY RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAMME IN THE FIELD OF METEOROLOGY: PHASE I, which is financed by the Finnish Government.

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