Maputo (Mozambique), Feb 16 (IANS) Wild animals are creating havoc in a province in the southern African nation of Mozambique. At least 16 people have been killed in animal attacks, Xinhua reported.
Authorities in the southern province of Gaza said 12 people were killed by crocodiles in the Incomati and Save rivers. Four of them were attacked when they went to fetch water.
The other four people died after being bitten by snakes.
“Wild animals also wounded four people, apart from destroying 180 hectares of crops,” said Alberto Siquela, head of forestry and wildlife in Gaza.
The provincial government has taken measures to curb the situation, including training forest guards and putting signs in dangerous areas frequented by wild animals like lions, leopards and snakes.
In 2011, more than 100 people were killed in Mozambique by wild animals.