After crossing the Indian Ocean, Ana hit northern and central Mozambique. More than 10,000 houses were affected, as well as dozens of hospitals and schools, and electrical infrastructure. The government and the United Nations estimate that 500,000 people in several provinces have been affected.
According to the country’s meteorological institute, the rains will continue in the coming days and another storm is expected by the end of the week. Four to six cyclones are expected to hit the region by the end of the rainy season in March.
In neighbouring Malawi, the government has declared a state of natural disaster. Much of the country is still in darkness since the beginning of the week. Flash floods forced power companies to shut down generators. Supplies have gradually resumed over the past two days, but many electrical structures have been destroyed.
“Our priority is to restore power to health facilities and schools,” the Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi (Escom) said in a statement.