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France sent its second plane with humanitarian aid to Mozambique on Wednesday with 65 tonnes of supplies, and the United States has also promised to send more military and commercial aircraft with aid, the embassies of both countries announced on Wednesday.
A plane chartered by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs’ Crisis and Support Center (CDCS) left France under the country’s “Humanitarian Action France” in collaboration with non-governmental organisations and foundations of partner companies, the French embassy in Lisbon said in a statement.
Supplies sent include tents, torches, solar panels, tablets to purify water, raincoats, medical kits, shelter and hygiene facilities and orthopaedic material.
A kit to organise the distribution of help from the French Red Cross was also sent, according to the note.
The Airbus Foundation made helicopter hours available to recognise areas affected by Cyclone Idai.
The United States also promised it would send more military and commercial aircraft to Mozambique.
Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi killed at least 786 people and affected another 2.9 million, according to figures by the United Nations.
Mozambique was the worst affected country, with its death toll reaching 468 and the number of people injured reaching 1,522.
There are currently over 135,000 people living in reception centres – especially in the city of Beira.Source: Lusa