Maputo: Lightning killed eight
churchgoers in central Mozambique with a separate storm and
floods raising the death toll to 12, police and state media
said on Wednesday.
"The group was meeting under a tree when the
thunderstorm started," in Mossurize district in Manica
province close to the border with Zimbabwe on Sunday,
provincial police spokesman Belmiro Mutadiwa said.
A disaster management official said on January 7 that
heavy rain in the next two months in Mozambique could cause
massive floods comparable to devastating downpours that killed
800 people in 2000.
Lightning in Gondola district near the Manica
provincial capital Chimoio killed one person on Monday,
Mutadiwa said, while state media reported that a storm and
flash floods in the city killed three other people that same
British consulting firm Maplecroft last year rated
Mozambique the second country in the world most vulnerable to
natural disasters after Haiti, which was hit by a massive 7.0
magnitude earthquake 12 months ago.