Mozambique-Wildlife-Disaster

Crocodiles maul 13 people in Mozambique

APA-Maputo (Mozambique)

At least 13 people were killed by crocodiles in Mozambique’s central province of Zambezia in December.

The provincial director of the district services for economic activities, Arsenio Candua, told APA in an interview, that they were snatched and mauled by crocodiles in the rivers in the area linked to the Zambezi River.

The mighty Zambezi River is the fourth longest river in Africa, the longest east-flowing river on the continent, and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean.
Tete province accounts for most of the fatal crocodile attacks on humans in Mozambique, which suffered 30 such deaths in 2018.
The reptiles also destroy large amounts of arable land and crops in their search for food.
The official said eight cases of crocodile attacks were reported while victims were fishing or fetching water for domestic use or bathing.

"The government in coordination with the municipality is tracking the reptiles in the rivers to kill them. Action needs to be taken to avoid further incidents|", Candua told APA on Tuesday over telephone from the provincial capital, Quelimane.


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