UN chief makes climate change plea in cyclone-hit Mozambique
Mozambique’s government on Wednesday called for cyclone survivors to pay attention to warnings issued by the authorities, since the rainy season was not over yet.
Mozambique’s minister of state administration and civil service, Carmelita Namashulua said at a parliamentary session in the capital, Maputo, that rivers continued to be high after the cyclone that tore through the country killing hundreds of people.
Cyclone Idai’s death toll in Mozambique has reached 468 and another 1,500 people were injured and 135,000 displaced.
Namashulua thanked the country and the international community’s support, saying difficult moments lied ahead in rebuilding the country.
She called for the private sector, civil society and cooperation partners to continue to show solidarity with victims of the cyclone, adding that all aid would reach victims and that there was an internal control system to avoid any resources being diverted.
While she said rescue efforts were still ongoing, these were already in their “final phase,” she said.
The road connection between the city of Beira, the most affected area, and the rest of the country has been reopened, electricity is working in all hospitals and has also been restored in some parts of the city, she said.
There are still works underway to restore the water supply system which was damaged by the cyclone.
However Mozambican member of parliament Angelina Inoque, from the main opposition party Renamo, criticised the government’s lack of preparation and the delay in rescue efforts.
The cyclone that swept through Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi killed at least 786 people in the three countries and affected 2.9 million people, according to figures by the United Nations.Source: Lusa
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