Mozambique: Donors and drought go west

Published on 03 March 2009

Unless March brings good rain, up to 100,000 people in Mozambique's western province of Tete will need emergency food assistance, but the weather forecast is sunny and dry. "The rains stopped falling regularly and in the past three weeks there has been no rainfall at all," World Food Programme (WFP) spokesman Peter Transburg told IRIN. Small-scale farmers in Tete Province, which borders Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi, have been hit particularly hard. "Should the situation persist in the next three weeks, it will become critical," Transburg said.

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