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Pemba, Mozambique, May 3, 2019 (Lusa) – The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is to deliver 6,650 shelter kits and 100 tents to support the victims of Cyclone Kenneth in the north of Mozambique, it was officially announced on Friday.
“In close coordination with the Government of Mozambique’s Disaster Management Agency (INGC) and local actors, IOM already has begun providing assistance”, the organisation said in a statement.
Two flights carrying 1,600 shelters provided by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) arrived on Thursday to Pemba’s airport, the capital of Cabo Delgado province, and other four flights are expected to arrive with the rest of the equipment.
Each DFID shelter kit includes two tarpaulins and a rope and will enable families to create basic shelters, and “they are to be distributed with the INGC and local government agencies”, the statement reads.
The tarpaulins are bound for Pemba city, Ibo Island, Macomia district, Mucojo coastal area and other heavily affected areas.
“Survivors continue to be at risk because there are immediate needs for food, shelter and drinking water, so additional humanitarian aid is urgently needed”, the head of IOM mission to Mozambique Katharina Schnoering said.
Cyclone Kenneth was the second devastating blow to Mozambique in six weeks following Cyclone Idai and has displaced around 21,000 people into accommodation centres, while others have gone to stay with host families.
The country’s government estimates Cyclone Kenneth has affected more than 200,000, one week after its landfall.
PICS: here’s our @DFID_UK head of office @cate_turton at the handover of #UKaid shelter kits to the governor of Pemba and the Director General of @ICalamidades at Pemba airport this week. pic.twitter.com/b194AWWfdX
— UK in Mozambique (@UKinMozambique) May 3, 2019
ACTUALIZAÇÃO: Mais apoio do 🇬🇧 para 🇲🇿 brevemente. Transportando ajuda vital de acomodação para aqueles afectados pelo #cyclonekenneth no norte do país.
— NneNne Iwuji-Eme (@NneNneUK) May 2, 2019
“We lost everything, we have to rebuild. We are staying with friends + family wherever we can find shelter that won’t get wet when it rains.”
— IOM Mozambique (@IOM_Mozambique) May 3, 2019