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Mozambique has a large proportion of the population at risk of flooding. The south of the country experiences regular droughts, and water supply and sanitation services in rural areas are among the lowest in the world. The mix of water security challenges represents a drag of 2 to 3% on GDP annually. Climate change may further enhance the country’s vulnerability. Mozambique has been successful in setting up early warning systems and rapid disaster response mechanisms, but less successful in developing flood defence infrastructure. Floods continue to cause major damage to roads, railways, energy production, and agriculture. The government is currently elaborating a national strategy for flood risk and drought management, which will incorporate lessons learned in other delta countries. Once completed, implementation of the strategy will require prolonged investment. And implementation is expected to receive a boost when the revenue stream from the export of the country’s recently discovered natural gas will increase.