UN chief appeals for more donor support for post-cyclone recovery in Mozambique


The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called on donors to boost their support for the recovery efforts of Mozambique following back-to-back cyclone tragedies earlier this year.

Cyclone Idai made landfall in March, killing over 600 people and destroying nearly 240,000 homes.

As the country was still recovering from the effects of Idai, Cyclone Kenneth hit again, causing more deaths and destruction.

UNDP said the post cyclone reconstruction will focus on restoring productivity, social services, and infrastructure in Sofala, Manica, Tete, Zambezia, Inhambane, Nampula and Cabo Delgado provinces.

While addressing a donors conference in the Mozambican city of Beira, Guterres said he was certain he shared with all a deep sense of distress at the loss of life, the devastation and the suffering caused by the deadly cyclones.

He reiterated his condolences and deep solidarity with the Government and the people of Mozambique, especially the communities most affected by these natural disasters.

“I would also like to express my sincere appreciation to all those who have contributed – and continue to do so – to alleviate the suffering of the people who have been deprived of their goods, houses, infrastructure and livelihoods,” said Guterres, noting that the UN and its humanitarian partners had been on the ground since the start of the crisis.

Guterres stressed that while the U.N. Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated $24 million to Mozambique, it was necessary to recognize that to face the scale of the disaster, large additional resources are needed.

“The means at our disposal are not at all enough. We face enormous challenges: people’s basic needs remain unmet; the risk of disease outbreaks is evident; and the negative impact on food security due to the loss of crops will be very significant,” he said in his message.

He also noted that in order to strengthen the response to the tragedy, the UN had launched an emergency humanitarian appeal of $282 million, which remained deeply underfunded.

Some 700 participants from international organizations, development partners, private sector and civil society organizations participated in the two-day donor conference that was graced by Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and several senior ministers.

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