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About 60% of Mozambique’s population lives in areas where there is a risk of natural disaster, a report published by the UN Human Habitation Programme (UN-Habitat) in Maputo said on Tuesday.
They live in zones that are prone to flooding, storms and earthquakes, Evandro Holz, one of the report’s writers told Lusa.
The main risk involves people living near the coast or close to the beds of rivers and lakes that are often flooded when there are storms and heavy rains.
There is also a nationwide risk from earthquakes.
The local authorities do not always define the areas available for construction and there is a lack of local assistance to help people build more resistant structures, the report said, adding that people had to be moved away from flood plains as quickly as possible.
The report also said that the habitation laws in the country needed to be up-dated urgently as the current legislation comes from when Portugal was the colonial power more than 40 years ago..Source: Lusa
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