The Government estimates to need 910 billion meticais (14.1 billion dollars) for the country to recover from the recent cyclones and to prepare for future disasters, justifying that the amount and the actions included complement the priority projects for the achievement of the infrastructure development objectives.
According to the Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources, Carlos Mesquita, who was speaking this Wednesday, May 10, in the Assembly of the Republic (AR), the country needs substantial resources to continue investing in prevention, response and recovery of the affected economic and social fabric, as well as in building resilient infrastructure.
The governor began by explaining to the deputies that the country is vulnerable to the effects of climate change due, on the one hand, to its geographical location in the intertropical convergence zone and, on the other, to its being located downstream of shared hydrographic basins.
“As a consequence of these climate changes, extreme phenomena are occurring, causing loss of human life and destruction of social and economic infrastructure, representing for the country a setback in the Government’s efforts to combat poverty and pursue the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” Carlos Mesquita said.
The Minister added that “based on the Government’s vast experience and knowledge in matters related to natural disasters and climate change, the Executive has been implementing measures to mitigate the negative impacts”.
As for the rehabilitation of the National Road Number 1 (N1), the Minister of Public Works assured that all conditions are in place for the rehabilitation of 508 kilometers of the sections Inchope- Gorongosa, Gorongosa-Caia, Chimuara-Nicoadala and Metoro-Pemba, worth about 26 billion meticais.
“The financial agreement has already been signed and the tender for hiring consultants for the preparation of the conceptual project will be launched after next week,” he revealed.