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The Confederation of Economic Associations of Mozambique today expressed the willingness of businesspeople and the private sector to assist in the recovery of infrastructure destroyed by the passage of Cyclone Idai in several provinces of the country.
“We want to ensure … the total availability of our private sector to lend all its skills and capabilities to assist in the rapid recovery of destroyed infrastructure,” the confederation said in a message released today.
“We extend our appeal to the national and international business sector to be part of the process of rebuilding destroyed infrastructure such as access roads, sanitary units and classrooms,” it continues.
At least 300 people were killed in Cyclone Idai’s passage through the three southern African countries, where relief workers are now deployed in efforts to save thousands of people who are still taking refuge on rooftops and in trees.
In Mozambique, President Nyusi announced on Tuesday that more than 200 people (202) had died and 350,000 were “at risk”, and declared a national state of emergency.
The Portuguese embassy in Maputo announced that a collection and storage would will be available from Thursday onwards, arranged in coordination with the MEGA retail group. Goods collected would then be sent to Beira, the region worst affected by the cyclone, in conjunction with the National Institute of Disaster Management.
Non-perishable food products, water treatment products, sheets, blankets, mosquito nets, hygiene products, clothing and footwear are the main necessities.
Kenmare Resources, which operates the Moma Heavy Sands Project in Nampula province, announced a donation of three million meticais (about 42,000 euros) to the National Institute of Disaster Management to help victims of the cyclone.
The Idai, with heavy rains and winds of up to 170 kilometres per hour, hit Beira in central Mozambique on Thursday evening, leaving some 500,000 residents without power or communications. The International Red Cross said on Tuesday that at least 400,000 people had been displaced in Beira as a result of the cyclone, considering it to be the country’s “worst crisis”.
In Zimbabwe, more than 100 people were killed and more than 200 wounded, with estimates pointing to more than 500 missing, while, in Malawi, estimates point to at least 56 dead and 577 injured.
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