Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi inaugurated on Friday a new sanitation infrastructure that will help manage floodwaters in the country’s second largest city of Beira in central region of the southeast African country, benefiting directly 250,000 people.
The president expressed his executive determination during the inauguration to continue improving the country’s sanitation system, so as to reduce water borne diseases among other objectives.
“The government of Mozambique has listed as priority the construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures for sanitation and drainage of floodwaters and also its sustainable management not only for the city of Beira, but also to the cities of Matola, Maputo, Tete, Gurue, Nampula, Quelimane and Pemba,” said the president.
According to the president, the fundamental infrastructure “will contribute to improve living conditions of the city dwellers, and will allow us to reduce the impact of floods, stagnant waters, and regular inundations as the waters will quickly flow into the sea.”
Statistics released by the India based Community Led Total Sanitation Foundation showed that Mozambique has the lowest rate of proper sanitation in the Southern African region currently covering 48.5 percent of its population.
The infrastructure is funded by the World Bank at 50 million U.S. dollars which is helping the country build resilience and improve the country’s sanitation system.