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Augusta Maita (File photo)
Terrorist attacks in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado have not led to the suspension of humanitarian assistance to the victims of cyclone Kenneth, which hit the province on 25 April, according to Augusta
Maita, the general director of the country’s relief agency, the National Disaster Management Institute (INGC).
Interviewed by Radio Mozambique on Sunday, Maita said that assistance is continuing to be delivered to victims in all affected districts.
She admitted that there had been “some agitation”, about 15 kilometres from the town of Macomia, but the insurgents had met with a prompt response from the defence and security forces.
She was probably referring to the attack on the village of Nacate on Friday. According to a report in the “Mozambique Political Process Bulletin” (published by the anti-corruption NGO, the Centre for Public Integrity, CIP), the insurgents vandalised a voter registration post, but the members of the registration brigade fled the scene and were unharmed.
There appear to have been several attacks on Macomia villages on Friday, in which at least six people were killed.
Parts of Cabo Delgado remain inaccessible, not because of terrorist attacks, but because the flooding that followed the cyclone has cut them off from the rest of the province. Thus, according to Radio Mozambique, four communities in Mecufi district – Napluimite, Namarapale, Mude and 3rd February – are still cut off from the district capital, Mecufi town.
Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases of cholera in Cabo Delgado has risen to 64. Of these, 57 were diagnosed in the provincial capital, Pemba, and seven in Mecufi. None of the patients has died, and, as of Sunday night, only 12 remained hospitalised, according to Anastacia Lidumu, of the Cabo Delgado health department.Source: AIM
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