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Roque Silva, secretary general of the Mozambican Liberation Front (Frelimo), the ruling party in Mozambique, today called for an exemplary punishment for people involved in diverting aid meant for victims of natural disasters.
“Those who subvert what good organisations and people are donating to mitigate the suffering of the population will be brought to court and punished in an exemplary manner,” Silva told reporters in Chimoio, Manica province, centre of the country.
Silva called on Mozambican society and the international community to intensify aid to the victims of Cyclone Idai, saying he had been saddened by the destruction and suffering caused by the calamity.
According to Lusa News Agency, there are reports of the theft of food meant for victims of Cyclone Idai, but there are no records of arrests related to the situation.
The death toll from Cyclone Idai and the floods that followed it has risen to 598, the Mozambican authorities announced today.
The latest assessment, presented by the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC), adds 80 more fatalities since Monday, the day when it was reported that the search and rescue phase had been completed (on Thursday).
Cyclone Idai hit the central region of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe on March 14.
The number of people affected in Mozambique rose from 843,723 to 967,014, corresponding to 195,287 families.
The number of families receiving humanitarian aid increased from 29,291 to 32,290.
There are 131,136 people in the 136 accommodation centres in operation 7,442 of whom are considered vulnerable.Source: Lusa