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    12 May, 2015
Substantial El Nino predicted
 
London, 12 May (AIM) – The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has stated that a “substantial” El Nino weather pattern is developing for the first time in five years.
 
El Nino is characterised by an abnormal warming of the surface waters of the Pacific Ocean and has a significant effect on weather around the world. This phenomenon has been associated with a wetter than normal weather pattern in eastern Africa and a hotter and drier than normal pattern in southern Africa.

The last El Nino five years ago was linked with poor monsoons in Southeast Asia, droughts in southern Australia, the Philippines and Ecuador, blizzards in the United States, heatwaves in Brazil and extreme flooding in Mexico.

In Mozambique El Nino is associated with drought during the second half of what should be the rainy season (January to March). Normally January and February are the wettest months of the year. Drought in these months could lead to severe crop failures. El Nino is also linked to higher rainfall in November, early on in the rainy season.
 
El Nino has been blamed for the serious food shortages in much of southern and central Mozambique in 2002 and for the severe drought which devastated the country in 1992, and probably hastened the signing of the peace agreement between the government and the Renamo rebels that year.
 
The Australian researchers explained to reporters that their models show that the phenomenon could intensify from September onwards, and thus could have serious consequences for southern Africa in early 2016.
 
The term El Nino - the Christ Child - was first used at the end of the 19th Century to describe a warm current off the coast of Peru at Christmas.
(AIM)
 
 
  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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