Inhambane Bay in southeast Mozambique • Earth.com

Inhambane Bay in southeast Mozambique

11-07-2022

Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features Inhambane Bay in southeast Mozambique. 

“Inhambane Bay is a deep inlet into which the small Mutamba River flows,” says ESA. “On one side of the bay lies the historical city of Inhambane, capital of the Inhambane Province, while the sister city of Maxixe, the economic capital of Inhambane, sits across from it. The province is the second largest grower of cashews, after Nampula, and it also produces coconut and citrus fruits.”

The beaches of Barra and Tofo are popular with tourists. There are also coral reefs along the long coastline of Inhambane, making it an ideal destination for scuba diving and snorkeling.

“Mozambique’s extensive coastline heightens the country’s vulnerability to tropical cyclones that develop in the Indian Ocean as well as storm surge flooding,” says ESA.

“More than half of the population lives in low lying coastal areas, putting communities at risk. Inhambane Bay was dangerously close to where Cyclone Idai made landfall in 2019 causing widespread destruction to the country.”

Video/ Image Credit: ESA

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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