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Southern Africa - Tropical Cyclone ELOISE update (Government of South Africa, NOAA-CPC, UN OCHA) (ECHO Daily Flash of 27 January 2021)

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  • After the passage of tropical cyclone ELOISE over southern Africa, at least 15 people died and more than 250, 000 people have been affected across Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, South Africa and Madagascar, as reported by UN OCHA.
  • In Mozambique, where ELOISE made landfall on 23 January, seven people were killed, at least 248,481 individuals have been affected, including 16,693 displaced people. Sofala Province is the worst affected area, with at least 16,967 destroyed or damaged houses.
  • In Zimbabwe, three people died and two fatalities occurred in Eswatini, where nearly 1,500 people were affected by the passage of ELOISE. One fatality and about 1,000 affected people were reported in Madagascar.
  • In South Africa, two fatalities were reported and search and rescue operations are ongoing for two missing people. According to South African authorities, the Gariep Dam, the biggest in the country, was spilling at 103.2%, as of 26 January.
  • On 27-29 January, moderate to heavy rainfall is forecast over eastern South Africa, central Mozambique and Zimbabwe and north-western Madagascar.