Trump administration fails to sympathize with Africa after cyclone killed 1000 people

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The Trump administration on Monday failed to sympathize with Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, even after several requests from TODAY NEWS AFRICA seeking reactions from officials in Washington D.C., following one of the world’s most devastating cyclones.

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The cyclone hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, three Southern African countries with poor communication and road networks.

More than 1,000 people were feared dead in Mozambique alone, according to the country’s President, four days after a cyclone slammed into the country.

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“It is a real disaster of great proportions,” President Filipe Nyusi said.

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“It appears that we can register more than 1,000 deaths,” Nyusi added speaking on state Radio Mozambique.

The official death told in Mozambique stood at 84. Cyclone Idai submerged entire villages and left bodies floating in the floodwaters.

The deadliest storm in generations to hit Mozambique, an impoverished southeast African country of 30 million people, struck Beira, an Indian Ocean port city of a half-million people, late Thursday and then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi with strong winds and heavy rain. 

Officials said it took days for the scope of the disaster to come into focus in Mozambique because of a poor communication and transportation network.

According to official figures, more than 215 people have been confirmed dead, including more than 80 in Zimbabwe’s eastern Chimanimani region and more than 50 in Malawi.

Hundreds more were reported injured and missing, and nearly 1,000 homes were destroyed in eastern Zimbabwe alone.

Doctors Without Borders, U.N. agencies and the Red Cross were trying to help emergency food and medicine by helicopter.

In Washington D.C., TODAY NEWS AFRICA’s Simon Ateba sought reactions from State Department officials on Monday. They promised to get back, but even after follow up conversations, there was no reaction, an indication the lives of black Africans do not matter to the Trump government.


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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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