Mozambique’s electricity company (EDM) has invested 120 million meticals (1.7 million euros) to restore the electricity grid in central Mozambique, following the destruction caused two months ago by Cyclone Freddy, the company said in a statement.
“Zambézia “was the province most affected by Cyclone Freddy, which left 275,004 customers in nine districts” without power, it said.
Today the supply was re-established to some more locations in the region, as part of ongoing work so that “by the end of this month the situation will be normalised.
“The rain and strong winds destroyed and flooded numerous electrical infrastructures, a fact that conditioned the restoration work,” said EDM.
Cyclone Freddy is part of a set of extreme phenomena that scientists believe are gaining strength due to rising temperatures on the planet.
It was one of the longest cyclones on record (37 days between 5 February and 14 March) and the one that covered the greatest distance, exceeding 10,000 kilometres, since it formed off northern Australia and crossed the entire Indian Ocean to southern Africa.
The storm caused hundreds of deaths and widespread destruction in central Mozambique and Malawi.