Mozambique: Maputo Council Pledges to Help Victims of Storm

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Floods have driven thousands of Mozambicans from their homes (file photo).

Maputo — Maputo Municipal Council on Friday began screening all the families who lost homes and property in the torrential rains that hit the city on Tuesday.

Visiting accommodation centres set up for the homeless families (three in KaMabukwana municipal district and two in KaMavota), the Mayor of Maputo, David Simango, said that the screening is intended to identify the needs and solutions for each of the families who were displaced by the rains and ensuing mudslides,

“We shall look into this case by case”, he said. “We shall see who has lost their homes and whether they are able to return to them. If not, we shall identify new plots of land, and in the near future we shall come back to these centres and give people their land use titles”.

When that work is complete, he promised, the Council will mobilise other forms of support, since the main problem faced by families is not simply acquiring land, but the resources to build new houses.

The centres are currently accommodating rather more than 500 people made homeless by the rains, and Simango said the number might increase.

He advised families not to attempt to return to whatever is left of their houses, since more rain is forecast for the weekend, which could cause further erosion, landslips, and the collapse of homes that were damaged on Tuesday but remained standing.

Despite the warnings of further heavy rain issued by the National Meteorology Institute (INAM), the City Council is still not exerting itself to clean up blocked drainage channels.

Thus the channel running alongside Milagre Mabote Avenue is still choked with mud swept into it from the interior of Maxaquene neighbourhood on Tuesday. In this condition, the drainage channel is quite useless.

Other channels are in a similar condition. Where work is done to remove large quantities of mud and earth from the channels, the detritus is simply piled up in heaps by the side of the road – so that when it rains it will once again be swept into the channels.

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