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26 Mar 2009 description

Maputo_(dpa) _ Hundreds of Mozambicans suffering with HIV/AIDS protested Thursday in front of the country's major hospital against the closure of their special care units, saying they fear loss of privacy with the move.

The protests at the Hospital Central de Maputo (HCM) followed the recent announcement by Mozambican Health Minister Ivo Garrido that specialized units for HIV/AIDS treatments were to be closed.

The units, known as Centro Dia, are independently run by nongovernmental organizations and offer specialist services, including counselling, testing, treatment and …

06 Mar 2009 description

Maputo_(dpa) _ The Mozambique Red Cross said Friday that it was suspending its relief work in a crisis-hit northern district after three volunteers were killed by mobs accusing them of deliberately infecting water sources with the agent that causes cholera.

Two policemen that were trying to protect the aid workers were also reportedly killed in the attacks in Mongincual district, in the northern province of Nampula.

Nearly 100 people have died in a cholera outbreak in the former Portugese colony since October.

03 Mar 2009 description

Maputo_(dpa) _ At least 15 people were killed in Mozambique over the past three months while searching for food after heavy summer rains washed away their crops, television reports said Tuesday.

TVM public broadcaster reported that the victims fell foul of crocodiles while searching for food in the Shire river in Morrumbala district, Zambezia province.

21 Jan 2009 description

Maputo_(dpa) _ At least 13 people have died of cholera in Mozambique's north-western Tete province, bringing to 84 the number of people in the country bordering Zimbabwe to have succumbed to the disease since October, state radio reported Wednesday.

The deaths were recorded in the districts of Moatize, Changa and Tete town, where over 1,000 people in total have been diagnosed with cholera.

Health authorities in Tete attribute the increase in infections to the heavy rains that are pounding the region and surrounding countries, namely Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Manica …

14 Jan 2009 description

Maputo_(dpa) _ Floods caused by heavy rains in Mozambique have claimed at least 25 deaths since December, officials said in reports published Wednesday, stressing that there was, however, no cause for alarm.

National Disaster Management Institute (INGC), General Director, Joao Ribiero, was quoted in the Noticias newspaper as saying: "The heavy rains that are battering the country do not constitute a cause for alarm.

"There is a need to pay special attention to the probability of cyclones occurring, given the fact that this is a fertile period for natural phenomenon," …

09 Jan 2009 description

Maputo=5F(dpa) =5F The death toll from recent flooding in Mozambique has risen to 15, with heavy rains continuing, reported local officials.

The death toll increased by five as deaths from Thursday in the central Mozambican provinces of Sofala and Manica provinces were reported, officials said Friday.

"Four people died and four were injured in the city of Chimoio, Manica province, and one person drowned in the district of Nhamatanda, Sofala province," a source at the National Disaster Management Institute told DPA.

In Chimoio the situation is described as critical.

06 Jan 2009 description

Maputo_(dpa) _ At least 10 people have been killed in the heavy rains battering several regions of Mozambique since December, the daily paper Noticias reported Tuesday.

Nine people died in central Manica province and one in Inhambane in the south where large areas were also inundated. The rains destroyed properties across the country.

Three children were swept away by waters in the river Nhamatsane in Manica while another was electrocuted when he a fallen electricity wire in the area on New Year's Eve.

Two civil servants were found dead after their car swerved and fell into …

31 Dec 2008 description

Maputo_(dpa) _ Heavy rains have forced Mozambican authorities to issue flood warnings and urge people in flood-prone areas to abandon their residences immediately.

The warning is aimed at preventing a repeat of disastrous flooding last year that forced more than 100,000 people to seek safety.

The country is facing its worst rainy season in decades. Rains and flooding have so far inflicted serious damage on infrastructure, property and field crops.

06 Nov 2008 description

Maputo, Mozambique_(dpa) _ Mozambican health authorities on Thursday announced an alert in the face of an outbreak of cholera that has already killed 50 people in central Mozambique.

The outbreak started last weekend in the district of Guro in the province of Manica, immediately claiming 36 lives out of more than 100 cases diagnosed, the daily Noticias reported.

Mauricio Vieira, the provincial governor, said the so-called red alert was launched in order to control the spread of the disease to other regions while the rainy season is still in its initial days.

Meteorological …

15 Aug 2008 description

Johannesburg_(dpa) _ The South African government was on Friday awaiting a Constitutional Court ruling to begin dismantling shelters housing thousands victims of a spate of deadly xenophobic attacks earlier this year.

The country's top court was hearing an appeal from a refugee support group to overturn a lower court decision giving the government the green light to dismantle the camps.

The activists are calling on the government to keep the camps open until it has come up with a comprehensive strategy on how to reintegrate the refugees, mostly African migrants.

Friday was the …

25 Jul 2008 description

Maputo_(dpa) _ The government of the southern African country of Mozambique is considering proposals for legislation that would make access to food a basic right, a local newspaper reported.

Mozambique's Noticias newspaper reported this week that the state food and nutrition security technical secretariat (SETSAN) had forwarded a declaration to the cabinet of President Armando Guebuza that calls for such a legal instrument.

The declaration was drawn up at a recent symposium on food security and nutrition in Maputo.

In it, experts call for legislation defending the right of …

16 Jun 2008 description

Johannesburg_(dpa) _ The reintegration the foreign nationals who fled South African communities amid xenophobic violence may not be possible for some time, the country's Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) said in a report on Monday.

At least 62 people were killed, hundreds assaulted and raped and tens of thousands were driven from their homes in a spate of xenophobic attacks that spread from Johannesburg's impoverished Alexandra township to other parts of the country in May.

'If the government does not engage with the sentiment being expressed by ordinary residents …

16 Jun 2008 description

Johannesburg_(dpa) _ The reintegration the foreign nationals who fled South African communities amid xenophobic violence may not be possible for some time, the country's Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) said in a report on Monday.

At least 62 people were killed, hundreds assaulted and raped and tens of thousands were driven from their homes in a spate of xenophobic attacks that spread from Johannesburg's impoverished Alexandra township to other parts of the country in May.

"If the government does not engage with the sentiment being expressed by ordinary residents …

02 Jun 2008 description

Johannesburg_(dpa) _ The Mozambican whose burning silhouette came to define two weeks of xenophobic bloodletting in South Africa was buried Monday in his home village as the controversial relocation of thousands of displaced migrants continued around Johannesburg.

The Johannesburg-based Star newspaper reported that Ernesto Nhamuave was to be buried in his native Vuca village, north of Mozambique's capital, where he is survived by his wife and three children.

Nhamuave is one of at least 62 mostly African migrants killed since May 11 in attacks by South Africans accusing migrants …

23 May 2008 description

Maputo_(dpa) _ Mozambican authorities have ordered tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes in the Limpopo river valley near Kruger National Park after one of the floodgates on a dam on the river broke.

According to Olinda Sousa, director general of the southern water authority ARA-Sul, the gate on Massingir Dam was releasing water at the rate of 1,000 cubic metres of water per second, well above its normal rate.

Twenty-two localities near the river were ordered to immediately evacuate, Sousa said.

The breakage, which occurred despite recent repairs on the dam, comes as …

21 May 2008 description

Maputo_(dpa) _ Nearly 9,000 Mozambique nationals have crossed the border from South Africa, fleeing the xenophobic violence that left at least 24 migrants dead, eight of them from Mozambique, officials said Wednesday.

"We are having hectic moments with the return of these people.

16 Apr 2008 description

Maputo_(dpa) _ Zimbabweans are arriving across the border into neighbouring Mozambique in increased numbers since the contested elections in their home country, Mozambican officials said Wednesday.

An estimated 5,500 Zimbabweans have crossed the border since March 29 elections, according to Canal de Mocambique daily.

An immigration official at the Machipanda border post in the central province of Manica told the paper the area was witnessing an influx of Zimbabweans.

"There is a massive exodus of Zimbabweans getting inside Mozambique," Boste Marizane, said.

"What …

10 Mar 2008 description

Maputo_(dpa) _ Authorities in Mozambique have issued a red alert in several coastal districts as tropical cyclone Jokwe moves south through the Mozambique Channel after killing at least four people and injuring several others in the north.

Cyclone Jokwe hit northern Mozambique's Nampula province Friday night at wind speeds of more than 200 kilometres per hour, killing four people and causing widespread damage, Mussa Mustafa, a spokesman for the Meteorological Institute, said.

Radio Mozambique said eight people had been killed.

Nearly 2,000 homes were destroyed in Nampula and …

11 Feb 2008 description

Maputo_(dpa) _ Flooding caused by heavy seasonal rains claimed three more lives over the weekend in Mozambique where authorities were bracing for a fresh surge along the Zambezi river and battling to get supplies to around 2,000 families that had fled their homes.

The United Nations said it was looking for close to 89 million dollars in assistance for Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, where floods have destroyed thousands of homes, washed away crops and left around 449,000 people in immediate need of relief supplies.

"We are only halfway through the rainy season and with …

11 Feb 2008 description

Maputo_(dpa) _ Flooding caused by heavy seasonal rains claimed three more lives over the weekend in Mozambique where authorities bracing for a fresh surge along the Zambezi river were battling to get supplies to around 2,000 families that had fled their homes.

The latest fatalities in the floods that have claimed over 60 lives in southern Africa since December were reported in Marromeu district in Sofala province, through which the Zambezi passes on its way to sea.

Flooding in Mozambique is a feature of the summer rainy season.