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    23 September, 2009
275,000 Mozambicans face food insecurity
 

At least 275,000 people in southern and central Mozambique are facing food insecurity, according to Joao Ribeiro, general director of the country’s relief agency, the National Disasters Management Institute (INGC). These people are currently dependent on aid provided by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

Ribeiro warned of chronic water shortages in parts of Magude and Namaacha districts in Maputo province. If nothing is done before the end of September, the 2,000 people at risk will face a trek of over 50 kilometres to fetch water.

Nonetheless, Ribeiro said the situation is better than last year, when 100,000 people were facing severe water shortages.

The INGC is trying to deal with the problem by drilling new boreholes, and by installing public and household cisterns where water can be stored over dry periods. INGC teams are working on the ground, to find solutions, and Ribeiro believed that, by the end of September, reserves of water can be placed at the critical points.

Looking ahead to the coming rainy season, Ribeiro noted that the long-range weather forecast points to the possibility of flooding in the north and centre of the country, including in the Zambezi Valley.

However, the Zambezi is no longer a major cause of concern since, following major flooding on the river in 2007 and 2008, people living in low-lying areas were evacuated to higher land, and have continued to live there.

 
 
  2 December, 2019  
 
AIDS related deaths fell 20 percent over five years
 
President Filipe Nyusi declared on 1 December in the northern city of Nampula that the number of deaths from HIV/AIDS in Mozambique fell by 20 per cent between 2014 and 2018.

 
  18 November, 2019  
 
President addresses Catholic Bishops
 
President Filipe Nyusi on 16 November challenged the Catholic Church to continue its commitment to achieving the social well-being of Mozambicans and indicated that dialogue should be one of the paths chosen.

 
  17 November, 2019  
 
New water system for Gorongosa inaugurated
 
More than 30,000 people will benefit from clean drinking water in Gorongosa town, in the central Mozambican province of Sofala, thanks to a new water supply system that President Filipe Nyusi inaugurated on 15 November.

 


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