Disaster risk reduction project launched in Mozambique

The non-government organization World Vision Mozambique and the World Bank launched a project Thursday for disaster risk reduction evaluated at more than 580,000 U.S. dollars.


The project launched in Gaza province in central Mozambique by the organization’s national director Graham Strong and the Gaza province governor Stella Zeca was aimed at strengthening local communities with skills to cope with disasters.

“Mozambique is a country vulnerable to natural disasters, our province in particular is frequently hit by disasters every year. That’s the reason why this project is welcomed so much,” said Zeca.

The governor appealed all the participants among which were technicians from different services including the Institute for Natural Disaster Management to work with the community making use of the traditional knowledge from the community leaders and combine them with the scientific in order to achieve success in mitigating disasters.

The project includes adapting to climate change and will be implemented for a period of 2 years looking to design tools that will be used nationwide when it comes to disaster risk reduction and adapting to climate change.

“We want to thank the World Bank for allocating money to this project and we expect it will benefit everyone especially our children,” said Graham Strong.

Three districts out of 15 that compose Gaza province will benefit from the project.

Gaza province is still struggling to respond to the impact brought by the droughts that are hitting the province for the past 2 years and World Vision is distributing seeds and food vouchers, opening and rehabilitating boreholes to respond to the 1.5 million people affected by food insecurity as a result of drought. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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