Two women have died in the district of Chibuto, in southern Mozambique, attacked by crocodiles during the floods of recent days, the authorities announced today.
The two victims were trying to save some crops “from their gardens” due to the floods, and the last incident happened on Saturday, said Sérgio Moiane, district administrator.
“They returned to the gardens when the reptiles fled the current of the rivers”, the official explained to Rádio Moçambique, appealing to the population to stay away from the flooded areas.
The “machambas”, subsistence agriculture gardens, are the main source of food for most Mozambican families in rural areas.
The crocodile is one of the animals that causes the most fatalities annually in the country, having been responsible for 76 deaths in 2020, according to data from the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) regarding recorded incidents – many of which are not even reported.
The river basins in the south of Mozambique have been flooding since the beginning of the month due to the heavy rain that has hit that part of the country.