Mozambique crocodiles kill 47 people

2012-03-07 19:45

Maputo - At least 86 people were killed and 60 injured by wild animals in Mozambique in 2011, with crocodiles being blamed for the majority of deaths, the government announced on Wednesday.

"The animal that caused the most deaths was the crocodile, which killed 47 people, followed by elephants, killing 20 and hippos, which killed 13," government spokesman Alberto Nkutumula told dpa.

To counter the problem, wildlife authorities in the southern African nation culled 336 animals last year - 250 crocodiles, 46 elephants, 17 hippos, 13 buffalos, four lions, three snakes, two hyenas and a leopard.

In parallel, the authorities are launching awareness campaigns in places prone conflicts between man and animal.

The areas worst affected are the Zambezi River basin and the regions of Caia and Marromeu in the central province of Sofala.

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