World Bank president meets Mozambican president to discuss post-cyclone responses

President of the World Bank David Malpass shakes hands with President of Mozambique Filipe Nyusi. COURTESY TWITTER

World Bank President David Malpass met Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi on Friday to discuss how the institution can help in crisis responses and reconstruction following the impacts of Cyclones Idai and Kenneth.

The two also discussed Mozambique’s broader growth agenda which includes education, inclusion and the private sector.

Cyclone Kenneth hit northern Mozambique just six weeks after Cyclone Idai ripped across the central part of the country. Cyclone Idai destroyed villages, washed away crops and nearly wiped out the port city of Beria.

The cyclone struck populations already vulnerable due to a fragile health system and weak water and sanitation infrastructure.

At least 38 people have died from Cyclone Kenneth, according to the Mozambique government. About 3,000 houses have been destroyed and 32,000 others partially destroyed. Over 100,000 people are estimated to be displaced from their homes.

More 600 people have been killed by Cyclone Idai and hundreds of thousands of others displaced. The World Bank estimated that Idai caused about $2 billion in damages.

According to the World Health Organisation, at least 188,676 people are in need of health assistance or are at risk of disease, after Cyclone Kenneth hit parts of north-eastern Mozambique.

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