Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Faces Food Shortages

Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Faces Food Shortages (News Central TV)

Thousands of people displaced from the Mozambican Northern province of Cabo Delgado require at least 12,000 tonnes of food per month to meet their nutritional needs.   The national director of the prevention and mitigation division of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Institute (INGD), Cesar Tembe said in Maputo on Monday.

He made this revelation after his swearing-in ceremony. Tembe said that “assessing the total number of displaced people, we would need an average of about 12,000 tonnes of various foodstuffs per month”.

Many were displaced after heavy rain and flooding in Metuge District, Cabo Delgado.

“Although the products exist”, he added, “we are continuing to mobilise resources in order to guarantee that people in this situation can benefit from humanitarian assistance”.

Tembe said the number of displaced people in Cabo Delgado is growing by the day. Currently, 737,200 face food shortages, and are in need of urgent support.

Most of these people are in the provincial capital, Pemba, said Tembe, adding “we have people in the various resettlement neighbourhoods, or who are living in the homes of relatives or friends, who all need humanitarian assistance”.

Tembe said, the INGD takes into consideration criteria of vulnerability in prioritising aid for the displaced persons.

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