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East Timor is to donate $1 million (€890,000) to the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) to help the victims of Cyclone Idai.
The amounts donated were revealed in Lisbon on Monday during the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the CPLP and Mozambique’s government.
The donations will be channelled through a special fund aimed at supporting the emergency situation caused by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique.
The fund already has €250,000 available (earmarked by Portugal to the “climate change” item) which will be reinforced with contributions from East Timor (€890,000), Cabo Verde (€200,000), Guinea-Bissau (€100,000), Portugal (€100,000), the Cabo Verde Association as advisory observer of the CPLP (€250) and the Bar Association (€7,000).
“When the CPLP decided, a week and a half ago, to introduce this special support in the framework of the CPLP special fund we had in mind not only the tragic situation that our brothers in Mozambique were facing but also the importance of a gesture by the CPLP at this very difficult time for one of its founder member states”, Francisco Ribeiro Telles, the CPLP’s executive secretary said after signing the agreement.
Cyclone Idai hit the central region of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe on 14 March.
In Mozambique, according to the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC), the cyclone has affected 1.5 million people, killed 602 and injured 1,641.Source: Lusa
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