Tropical depression hits Mozambique

Mozambique's meteorological service says the second tropical depression to hit the southern part of the country in two weeks has destroyed thousands of homes.

Sergio Buque says that heavy rains, accompanied by strong winds have affected more than 250,000 families since the storms began last week. He says the newest tropical depression moved from the central province of Sofala, where it hit Wednesday night, to the southern Inhambane province.

State radio reported Thursday that two more people were killed by heavy rains in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, bringing the total death toll of the storms across Mozambique to 26.

The rains have also inflicted heavy losses in the Montepuez district, where more than 22,200 acres (9,000 hectares) of crops, including the country's staple food maize, are under water.

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