Uganda has joined the International Community and the rest of the World in providing relief assistance to the People of Mozambique following the aftermath of the devastating effects caused by Cyclone Idai.
The financial assistance amounting to $200,000 was announced by Hon. Okello Oryem, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in charge of International Affairs.
This follows an approved decision by Cabinet of the Government of Uganda and a directive by President Museveni in fulfilment of his pledge to rally support to assist victims affected by this disaster that occurred from March 4-21, 2019.
Hon. Lt. Col (Rtd) Dr. Bright Rwamirama, the Minister of State for Defence in charge of Veteran Affairs, Gen. Ivan Koreta, Hon. Member of Parliament representing the Uganda’s People’s Defence Force (UPDF) and Richard Kabonero, Uganda’s High Commissioner accredited to Mozambique,
will be in charge of oversight coordination and ensuring that this contribution is duly received to aid in provision of relief assistance to the victims affected by this disaster.
Earlier today, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said Cyclone Idai and the mounting death toll is “yet another alarm bell about the dangers of climate change”, warning that vulnerable countries like Mozambique, would be hit the hardest unless urgent action is taken by nations across the world
“Such events are becoming more frequent, more severe and more widespread, and this will only get worse if we do not act now”, said the UN chief.
“In the face of turbo-charged storms, we need revved up climate action,” he added, addressing correspondents at UN Headquarters in New York.
Meanwhile, Hon. Okello Oryem, emphasized that this gesture is a sign of good will and commitment expressed by the Government and People of Uganda, assuring of more assistance to be provided in solidarity with countries affected by this disaster.
The Cyclone in its wake, followed by torrential rains and massive floods caused catastrophic damage of property and infrastructure.
The death toll across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, stands at around 700, but figures are expected to rise, with hundreds still missing.
An estimated three million have been affected, nearly two-thirds of them in Mozambique, where key port city Beira was “practically razed to the ground” while the farmland interior has been inundated, said Mr. Guterres.
Cyclone Idai is regarded as one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to have affected the Southern Hemisphere particularly the SADC countries of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Madagascar leaving hundreds dead and several more missing.
On Monday, the UN launched a launched a $281.7 million revised flash appeal for Mozambique, designating the disaster a “scale-up emergency”, which is the most severe: “I call on the international community to fund these appeals quickly and fully so that aid agencies can urgently ramp up their responses,” said Mr. Guterres.