Irish Embassy in Mozambique to provide €400,000 to cyclone relief effort

Mozambique has been one of Irish Aid’s partner countries in southern Africa since 1996

People recovering  their belongings in Manica province, central Mozambique,  after the passage of  cyclone Idai. Photograph:    EPA/Andre Catueira

People recovering their belongings in Manica province, central Mozambique, after the passage of cyclone Idai. Photograph: EPA/Andre Catueira

 

The Irish Embassy in Maputo is to provide €400,000 to the relief effort to help people in Mozambique after a cyclone killed hundreds and left thousands homeless.

Cyclone Idai caused devastating floods across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, and was described by the Red Cross as “the worst humanitarian crisis in Mozambique’s recent history”.

Mozambique has been one of Irish Aid’s partner countries in southern Africa since 1996, and the Embassy in the capital Maputo said it would be working with other international agencies in “assessing the best ways to support current efforts”.

The United Nations has allocated $20 million from its emergency response fund to ramp up the humanitarian response in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Concern Worldwide has appealed for funds for its humanitarian response to the flooding in Malawi, which has affected more than 900,000 people.

The Irish charity’s emergency response includes providing essential items such as cooking utensils, mosquito nets, soap and other materials, including plastic sheeting for immediate shelter.