Mozambique: 'We Must Build More Resistant Houses' - Prime Minister

Maputo — Mopeia (Mozambique), 28 Jan (AIM) - Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho de Rosario on Sunday urged the population of Mopeia District, in the central province of Zambezia, to build resistant houses to face the effects of climate change.

The Prime Minister was making a two day working visit to Zambezia with the purpose of assessing the damage caused by cyclone Desmond which struck central Mozambique last Tuesday. In Zambezia the cyclone hit Mopeia and Chinde Districts severely. The storm destroyed 91 houses in Mopeia, 4 places of worship and 5 schools. It also inundated 1,200 hectares of crops.

Most of the houses in Mopeia were built with mud bricks, making them vulnerable to torrential rain and high winds.

Immediately after his arrival in the village of Nhacatundo, after overflying the Zambezi River, Rosario visited families who had lost their homes in the storm, and found that the collapsed houses had been built without any support base and with mud bricks.

In his meeting with the local population, Rosario urged households to use improved building techniques. "That way of building houses is no good because they don't resist the rain," he said. "Let's change our attitude and start building more resistant houses so we don't go through the same situation again, and guarantee the security of our families and our possessions."

The Deputy Minister of Public Works, Victor Tuacale, who accompanied the Prime Minister gave the crowd some recommendations and promised to send soon a team with more detailed explanations.

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