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At least twelve people were killed by crocodiles in Mozambique’s Chinde district in the central province of Zambezia, APA has learnt. District administrator Pedro Vírgula is quoted by state-controlled Radio Mozambique on Saturday as that the most recent case occurred on Wednesday when two fishermen died after being attacked by the reptiles.
“Third one was severely injured almost losing one leg while one remains missing” Virgula explained.
He expressed concern about the systematic and deadly attacks by crocodiles causing panic within the local population which basically depends on agriculture and fisheries.
“The district of Chinde is showing remarkable socio-economic growth. But it is currently being plagued by a major problem of deadly crocodile attacks” Virgula added.
The district of Chinde is located at the mouth of the Zambezi River and the crocodiles come from Mozambique’s remote northern Tete province, where their numbers have increased in recent years.
The Chinde is a tributary of the mighty Zambezi river which is the fourth longest river in Africa, the longest east-flowing river on the continent and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean.
Tete province accounts for most of the fatal crocodile attacks on humans in Mozambique, which suffered 30 such deaths in 2017.
The reptiles also destroy large amounts of arable land and crops in their search for food.
Other wild animals, namely buffaloes and elephants, also destroy food crops in the area.Source: APA