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UN Steps Up Efforts to Provide Relief to Mozambique


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Fri, 12 Jul 2019 10:51 GMT

Mozambique was badly hit by a tropical storm that wreaked havoc across the country in April causing devastation. The storm then developed into a cyclone in the northern Cabo Delgado province just weeks after the country's central regions were ravaged by a powerful storm, according to meteorologists.

The impoverished southern African country is still reeling from the impact of deadly cyclone Idai, the most powerful storm to hit the region in recent decades, which left about 1,000 dead in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, The Gulf News reported

The situation worsened the following week with landslides in Cabo Delgado province, already under threat from violence at the hands of Islamists who have been terrorizing villagers in remote communities for the past 18 months.

In the wake of the crisis, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres pledged on Thursday to help Mozambique to recover from the devastation of two successive cyclones, noting that current efforts are “far below what is needed." AFP reported.

International donors last month pledged $1.2 billion (€1.06 billion) after the poverty-stricken southern African country was battered by two powerful cyclones within weeks of each other. The UN has estimated that $3.2 billion is needed overall. Earlier, about $273 million had been raised for the emergency response.

Cyclone Idai, which struck in March, was the strongest storm on record to hit Mozambique. It swept away homes, roads and bridges, leaving around 700 people dead and it further displaced 1.5 million others. Six weeks later, Cyclone Kenneth hit the northern parts of the country, killing at least 41 people.

Indicating that "The international community has a moral responsibility to show solidarity with Mozambique," Guterres made reference to how the two severe cyclones that struck Mozambique were a consequence of global warming and that the country was a victim of climate change, AFP reported.

On Friday Guterres is due to fly to Beira city which was the hardest hit by cyclone Idai. There he will visit displaced people housed in temporary shelters and meet the local authorities.