1,340,000 (2006). 86,000 Podzo in Mozambique (Johnstone 1993).
Northwest, Sofala, Manica, Tete, and Zambezia provinces, lower Zambezi river region.
Bangwe (South Sena), Caia (Care, North Sena, Sare), Gombe, Gorongosa, Podzo (Chipodzo, Cipodzo, Phodzo, Puthsu, Shiputhsu), Rue (Chirue), Sangwe. Similar to Nyungwe [nyu], Nyanja [nya], Phimbi [phm], and Kunda [kdn] of Zambia. Sena Central is the prestige dialect. Lexical similarity: 92% between the Podzo and Sena-Sare dialects.
Traditional religion, Christian, Muslim.