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Ten primary schools in the western Mozambican province of Tete, near the border with Malawi, have been closed since the end of June, due to the presence nearby of gunmen of the former rebel movement Renamo, reports the Maputo daily “Noticias”.
The schools are in the Chabaene and Monjo areas in Tsangano and Moatize districts. The closures are depriving 10,585 children of their education.
Last month HALO Zimbabwe achieved the milestone of destroying over 5,000 mines since clearance began in November 2013. This mine clearance has taken place along a 10km stretch of border in the Mashonaland Central region, along the northern border with Mozambique.
The Zimbabwe Mine Action Centre estimates that mines have claimed over 1,590 lives and injured over 2,000 people. In Zimbabwe HALO employs 153 national staff members, the majority recruited from the communities affected by the mines.
by AIM Maputo
So far 158 people are known to have died in the storms and floods that have hit central and northern Mozambique this year, according to the official government spokesperson, Deputy Health Minister Mouzinho Saide.
In addition, cholera outbreaks in parts of Nampula, Niassa and Tete provinces have claimed 19 lives.
The South African government is sending men and equipment from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to assist in search and rescue missions in flood hit areas of the central Mozambican province of Zambezia.
The decision is in response to a request for assistance from the Mozambican authorities.
The flood on the Pungue river in the central Mozambican province of Sofala is worsening, and the river is now swirling over sections of the main road from Beira to Zimbabwe.
According to the latest bulletin from the National Water Board (DNA), at midday on Thursday the Pungoe was measured at 8.06 metres – more than two metres above flood alert level – and was continuing to rise.
Since the start of the 2013-14 rainy season in October, ten people have died in thunderstorms, struck by lightning, according to Mozambique’s relief agency, the National Disaster Management Institute (INGC).
Speaking at a Maputo press conference on Monday, INGC spokesperson Rita Almeida said that two of the deaths occurred in the northern province of Nampula, and the rest in Maputo.
“The health service confirms ten deaths”, she said. “These are the cases that community leaders and health workers have recorded”.
Storms in the central Mozambican province of Zambezia have claimed four lives, and eight other people have been injured, reports the Beira daily paper, “Diario de Mocambique”.
The deaths were all due to lightning strikes and occurred in Chinde, Gile and Milange districts, according to Maria Luciano, the Zambezia provincial delegate of the country’s relief agency, the National Disasters Management Institute (INGC).
The torrential rains, accompanied by high winds, have damaged homes and ripped up trees in the provincial capital, Quelimane.
The storms and torrential rains that have hit the northern Mozambican province of Nampula since November have so far caused at least 14 deaths, Radio Mozambique reported on Thursday.
According to Virginia Malawene, the provincial delegate of the country’s relief agency, the National Disasters Management Institute (INGC), ten of those who died were struck by lightning in Erati, Mogovolas and Moma districts.
Thousands of flood victims still await resettlement
Inhassoro (Mozambique), 24 Sep (AIM) – Thousands of victims of the 2007 floods in the Zambezi Valley, in central Mozambique, have not yet been resettled, over six years later.
This sombre fact is contained in the report from the National Disasters Management Institute (INGC) to the meeting of the Coordinating Council of the Ministry of State Administration, under way in Inhassoro in the southern province of Inhambane.
Reconstruction in Mozambique after the floods of earlier this year could cost 517 million US dollars according to new government figures.
According to the Minister of Planning and Development, Aiuba Cuereneia, of this amount about 353 million dollars will be for reconstruction in the public sector and 164 million dollars in the private sector.
The minister was speaking on 3 May in Maputo at the annual review meeting of the donors and funding agencies who provide direct support to the Mozambican state budget, known as the Programme Aid Partners (PAPs) or G-19.
The total number of recorded deaths in the current Mozambican rainy season, from October to the present, is 117, according to the Minister for State Administration, Carmelita Namashalua.
Speaking on Thursday in the Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, Namashalua said that 50 of the deaths were by drowning, 39 were caused by lightning (including people burnt to death when their houses were struck by lightning), and 27 by high winds when houses, trees or electricity pylons were knocked down. One person was killed by a crocodile.
As heavy rains continue to fall over southern Mozambique, serious flooding in the Limpopo Valley is feared.
From Sunday to Monday over 184 millimetres of rain fell at Combumune, on the upper Limpopo, and 163 millimetres at Xai-Xai, capital of Gaza province, near the mouth of the river.
According to the data from the National Water Board (DNA), the level of the Limpopo at Combumune rose from 6.34 metres on Sunday to 8.02 metres on Monday – over 3.5 metres above flood alert level.
Eric Gooseby, the United States Global AIDS Coordinator, reaffirmed on Wednesday in Maputo, the commitment of his country to turn the tide in Mozambique’s effort to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
“The United States has been committed for many years to supporting the plans for addressing HIV/AIDS in Mozambique, seeking every opportunity to combine our own resources with those of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria”, he said in a press conference held after a meeting with President Armando Guebuza, as part of a three day visit to the country.