U.S. mobilizing to support Mozambique following catastrophic cyclone Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 6, 2021


The United States is mobilizing to provide support for the Mozambican government’s disaster response activities, following a deadly cyclone believed to have killed more than a thousand people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, the government said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the United Embassy in Mozambique said the U.S. “is committed to providing our Mozambican partners with the resources required to alleviate the suffering of those impacted by these twin disasters”.

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“The U.S. Embassy in Mozambique expresses its deepest condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives over the past week due to catastrophic flooding and severe weather related to Cyclone Idai,” the Embassy said.

It added: “The People of the United States stand with the People of Mozambique, and the U.S. Government continues to work closely with the Government of the Republic of Mozambique and partner nations and organizations to mitigate the impact of what is still an ongoing natural disaster. 

“Our thoughts are with those who have lost their homes, their livelihoods, and most of all, their loved ones”.

Thousands of people remain unaccounted for since Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique on Thursday last week before moving to Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Entire villages are said to have been submerged and roads are cut or non existent anymore.

The President of Mozambique said as many as a thousand people might be dead.

Humanitarian organizations were descrbing the situation as a calamity and were calling for help.

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Simon Ateba
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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