MAPUTO, 10 March 2021 – At least 35 people have been killed, 25 of them from the same family, after eating wild plants and fruits.
The deaths are reported in the country’s northern district of Muecate.
Information remains scanty about how exactly the deaths occurred and health officials are yet to pinpoint which wild plants, fruits or tubers are responsible for the tragedy.
Speculation is rife and some of it was relayed Wednesday in reports aired by the state-owned television, TVM.
According to the report, residents of Muecate have been grinding wild grass to cook xima – a traditional Mozambican porridge, usually made from maize flour.
Survivors and anecdotal information from family members of the deceased suggest that all the victims died after eating meals made of the wild grass.
A prolonged drought has hit five of the 23 districts of Mozambique’s Nampula province, leaving most families food insecure, even in famine.
The regular rainy season has not returned to 18 of the 23 districts, according to meteorologists.