'Incredibly difficult' to reach Mozambique cyclone survivors
Preident Nyusi in Macomia. Photo: Pinnacle News
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has visited areas affected by Cyclone Kenneth, urging residents to resume their agricultural activities and promising support for reconstruction in the areas affected.
More than 30,000 hectares of mixed crops were reported lost in the northern province of Cabo Delgado after the passing of Cyclone Kenneth. And, according to the Mozambican president, it is urgently necessary to that people get back to cultivation.
It would be necessary to “work a little for life to return to normal”, President Filipe Nyusi said while visiting the island of Ibo and Macomia, two districts greatly affected by the cyclone, on Wednesday (01-05).
The head of state said that the easing of rainfall would favour a resumption of the agrarian campaign, ensuring families’ livelihood.
President Nyusi also promised that the government was mobilising support from cooperation partners to help rebuilding in the affected areas.
“We are here to see how you are and what you lack and, as a Government, to do everything to restore normal life very quickly. And we have seen the essential things – food for those who have lost all, shelter and medicine support, because in this situation many diseases may break out,” the president said.
A meeting of the Council of Ministers on Tuesday decided to extend the powers of the Post-Idai Reconstruction Office to the provinces of Cabo Delgado and Nampula.
Health authorities in the province of Cabo Delgado are on high alert against diarrhoea, 20 cases of which have already been reported. The Ministry of Health is negotiating with partners to purchase cholera vaccines for the region, where Cyclone Kenneth has affected nearly 180,000 people.
Rains may abate
After heavy rains over the last few days, rainfall is expected to slow down today (02-05).
“[For] May 1 and 2 we are forecasting the continuation of moderate rainfall, but we may also see heavy rain in some places, since the [weather] system still continues to have influence along the coast,” Cabo Delgado provincial National Institute of Meteorology spokesperson Maria Angelina said.
“We appeal to everybody to continue to monitor our daily updates, since events of this nature, being of great magnitude, are also of great complexity,” she added.Source: Deutsche Welle
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