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The government has decided to extend the red drought alert until March 2017 and will continue to monitor the situation of more than one million people.
The decision was taken in November by the Coordinating Council of the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC), since by the end of the 90-day period enacted in April, it had not been possible to obtain the US$204 million needed for assistance.
“We will monitor the situation of food insecurity and evaluate the result of the growing season that ends in March 2017. The combination of these two components will guide whether or not we stay on alert,” explained INGC director general João Machatine.
By November, 744,000 people had been assisted, with a group of partners mobilizing US$148 million for food assistance, nutritional supplements and water.
“In food assistance, 71 percent were reached; in agriculture, 96 percent; in water and sanitation we reached 72 percent; and for health and rapid recovery we still hope to reach our 50 percent goal,” Machatine said.Source: Folha de Maputo