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Drought killed nearly 73,000 head of cattle in Cunene province in eight months

Nearly 73,000 head of cattle died between April and December in the province of Cunene, due to lack of water and pastures, beacause of the drought that ravages the region.

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According to the head of the veterinary services of the province of Cunene, Estêvão Camalanga, in a statement to the Angop agency, part of the 72,473 head of cattle also died from debilitation and opportunistic diseases.

With the heavy rains in Cunene since November, the official explained, some pastors and their herds that were in the seasonal corridors are already returning to their areas of origin.

The province's veterinary services, he said, due to shortage of vaccine doses only immunized in the transhumance zones 104,388 animals against haematic anthrax, nodular dermatitis and peripneumonia.

The provinces of Cunene, Huila, Cuando-Cubango and Namibe have been affected by drought since late 2018, a situation that led the President, João Lourenço, to visit the region in May this year.

On Monday, during his New Year's message, João Lourenço recalled with words of comfort the victims of the severe drought in the south of the country, when he thanked the wave of solidarity that contributed to "minimize the suffering" of those affected.