Drought in Mozambique affects 1.5 million people

6 April 2016

About 1.5 million Mozambicans are in a situations of food insecurity due mainly to the drought affecting the southern and central regions of the country, said the Director General of the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) in Mozambique.

João Machatine also told Mozambican state news agency AIM that of that total 1.3 million people are in need of assistance, especially with the delivery of food.

At the end of a meeting with cooperation partners the director-general of INGC estimated at US$13 million was needed on a monthly basis to provide assistance just to the victims of the drought.

“We need to develop a response plan between the government and the partners and in this meeting, they said they were available to provide support, by mobilising the necessary resources,” Machatine said.

Machatine mentioned the support already secured from countries and multilateral organisations. These include Japan and Italy, some United Nations agencies and the World Bank.

Tete province has the highest number of people affected, followed by Sofala, Gaza, Manica and Maputo, the director-general of the INGC said. (macauhub/MZ)