River sweeps away VIP entourage in Mozambique

The governor, the mayor and most of the other passengers were rescued.

In Summary

• The city of Tete has been disconnected from Moatise district after the bridge on River Rovubwe, a tributary of the major Zambezi river, collapsed.

• However, three people, including a journalist, are still missing.

The storm in Mozambique has left a trail of destruction
The storm in Mozambique has left a trail of destruction
Image: Radio Mozambique/BBC

At least 15 people in Mozambique have died across the country as a result of the tropical storm Ana, relief authorities say.

The weather phenomenon which started on Monday in the northern region has left a trail of destruction to public and private property, including homes, hospitals, schools, electricity pylons, and bridges.

The western Tete province has been worst hit, where six people, including children, have died - most of them after being smashed by falling walls.

The city of Tete has been disconnected from Moatise district after the bridge on River Rovubwe, a tributary of the major Zambezi river, collapsed.

Four vehicles in an entourage that included the Tete governor, the city’s mayor and other staff accompanying them were swept away by the river – as they were returning from surveying the damage.

The governor, the mayor and most of the other passengers were rescued.

However, three people, including a journalist, are still missing.

Although the tropical storm has dissipated, meteorologists say heavy rains, strong winds and thunderstorms will continue in the central and northern regions.