MORE THAN HALF A MILLION MOZAMBICANS AFFECTED BY FEBRUARY CYCLONE

MAPUTO, The latest estimate of the damage caused by Cyclone Dineo, which struck the southern Mozambican province of Inhambane on Feb 15, is that more than 550,000 people were affected.

Government spokesperson and Deputy Health Minister Mouzinho Saide told a media briefing here Tuesday following the weekly Cabinet meeting that the known death toll from the cyclone remained unchanged at seven. while 96 people were injured, 16 of them seriously.

The report given to the Council of Ministers (Cabinet), Saide added, said Dineo destroyed 33,712 houses and damaged a further 71,526 while 1,692 classrooms were destroyed, and 72 health units were also affected.

He pledged that, through the country’s relief agency, the National Disaster Management Institute (INGC), the government would continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the people affected and to the most vulnerable groups.

The Council of Ministers also received a report on the new school year, which opened on Jan 20. According to Saide, there are about seven million pupils enrolled in 12,528 primary schools, 539 secondary schools, and 181 technical and vocational schools.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK