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More Than 4,000 Families Receive Food Aid In Southern Mozambique

MATARARA, MOZAMBIQUE – MARCH 26: A man walks between tents at a displacement camp on March 26, 2019 in Matarara, Mozambique. 263 families are registered at the camp, displaced by the flooding caused by Cyclone Idai. The Governor of Manica Province has expressed concern over potential for outbreaks of water borne diseases as the flood waters recede and drowned bodies are discovered. Tropical Cyclone Idai is considered one of the worst cyclones to affect Africa as it swept through Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique leaving hundreds dead and an estimated three million people displaced. (Photo by Luke Dray/Getty Images)

 

An estimated 4,050 families in Mozambique’s Maputo province in the south received food aid as the country grapples with a worsening food crisis among other issues.

The aid was delivered by the World Food Program (WFP) and WeWorld GVC Global, a non-governmental organization, in partnership with the U.S., Germany and the European Union.

The aid is geared towards ensuring food security during the lean season, from November this year to March next year, the WFP said.

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Mozambique is currently facing a serious food shortage due to a number of factors including climate shocks, natural disasters (like cyclones and floods) and insecurity, especially in the northern region.

Cabo Delgado province has Mozambique’s second-highest rate of chronic malnutrition with more than half of children under five chronically malnourished, according to the WFP.

The WFP has previously appealed for assistance to continue to provide support to vulnerable communities. In the absence of enough funding, food supplies will be compromised leading to a reduction in rations or potential suspension of food distributions, the WFP warned.

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