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FILE: Detail of damage of a destroyed house in the village of Nacate, south Macomia, Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique, on April 27 after the cyclone Kenneth hit the area. Photo: Emidio Josine / AFPJOSINE/AFP
The distribution of humanitarian aid to the victims of Cyclone Kenneth living in the parts of northern Mozambique suffering attacks by shadowy armed groups is being resumed on Monday, a source linked to the operations told Lusa.
Humanitarian actions by United Nations agencies and other non-governmental organizations in the rest of Cabo Delgado have continued as planned, notably along the coast and also on the Quirimbas Islands.
Gunmen attacked a community near Macomia, Cabo Delgado province, on Friday night, killing four, sources have said. The situation led to the suspensions on humanitarian aid on Saturday pending a security assessment at the scene of the attack.
The distribution of food and shelter and water purification materials, will resume under police escort as before.
The attack targeted an isolated village in the bush but left unscathed any of the humanitarian missions now involving hundreds of people in the province.
Since October 2017, attacks by unidentified armed groups have caused at least 150 deaths in Cabo Delgado.
Category Four cyclone Kenneth was the first to hit northern Mozambique since records began, killing 41 people and affecting about 241,000, according to the authorities latest provisional figures.
Mozambique was this year hit for the first time by two cyclones in the same rainy season (November to April), after the Category Three cyclone Idai struck the centre of the country in March, killing at least 603 people.Source: Lusa
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