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About 300 families who were removed in March from areas in the district of Maganja da Costa, following cyclone Idai in central Mozambique, have returned to risk areas for lack of available new land, according to the Civil Society Information Agency (Civilinfo).
This is a group that had been relocated in March in the region of Nomiua, in Zambezia province, in an area expected to house 754 families, but only 410 found a home, a note from Civilinfo, part of NGO, Sekelekani, said.
Cerca de 300 famílias evacuadas em Março passado de zonas de risco no baixo Licungo, no Distrito de Maganja da Costa, em consequência da passagem do ciclone Idai e reassentadas na região de Nomiua viram-se forçadas a regressar à zona de origem por falta.. https://t.co/YmsZUANgLf pic.twitter.com/xgcYcZzGZV
— Agência Civilinfo (@civilinfomoz) October 1, 2019
The land where the resettlement centre was installed, part of a property of a local entrepreneur who gave it up out of kindness, proved to be limited to house all those households.
Families who managed to make room in Nomiua are being assisted by the National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) and the Mozambican Red Cross (CVM), an entity that has provided tents, food parcels and hygiene products.
Lusa contacted the INGC delegate in Zambezia, Maria Madalena, who did not confirm the return of the 300 families to the risk areas, but admitted that the authorities are having difficulties to keep people in safe areas.
Cyclone Idai, which hit central Mozambique in March, killed 604 people and affected about 1.5 million.
Shortly after, Mozambique was again hit by another cyclone, Kenneth, which hit the north of the country in April, killing 45 people and affecting 250,000.
More than half a million people still live in destroyed or damaged places, while another 70,000 remain in emergency accommodation centres, according to the latest report from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), drafted in July, which warns of the lack of conditions to face the new rainy season that begins in October.Source: Lusa
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