Over 300,000 people have been affected by adverse weather in Mozambique, 32,000 of which by flooding in the north and centre of the country and around 270,000 by drought in the south and centre, government spokesman Mouzinho Saide said Tuesday in Maputo.
These events have led to a lack of food and drinking water, said the spokesman and deputy Health Minister at the end of a cabinet meeting.
The drought is leading to food insecurity in the provinces of Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane, Sofala, Manica and Tete, leading not only to destruction of seed beds, but also to death of many heads of cattle.
As a result, a deficit of grain production across the country is expected. This will particularly affect rice and maize, although production of crops such as cassava, beans, soy and peanuts is expected to increase. (macauhub/MZ)