POPULATION OF MOZAMBICAN CAPITAL NOW TOPS ONE MILLION

MAPUTO, The population of Mozambique’s capital city, Maputo, continues to grow at a rapid rate as the result of high birth rates and immigration and the latest data from the National Statistics Institute (INE) show that the number of people living in the city has topped the one million mark at 1,094,000.

The rising population, however, is posing enormous challenges to the local government in its efforts to deliver basic services, provide food, and improve the city’s infrastructure. The population of the city has grown enormously — from 770,000 in 1980 to 997,000 in 1997.

The latest data also show that the life expectancy of the city’s residents is rising. Men are now living to an average age of 55 compared with 53 in 2007. For women, the increase in life expectancy is even greater, from 59 a decade ago to 63 today.

These statistics were released here Tuesday by the INE at an event to mark World Population Day.

The main challenges facing the city is the lack of space for new housing for young adults, who represent a major part of the population. As a result, young married couples are opting to build houses in the outer zones of the city.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK