Funds raised to support reconstruction in Mozambique after two deadly cyclones hit the poor Southeast African nation earlier this year are too little to rebuild the houses, roads and power lines that were destroyed, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said during a tour to some of the worst hit areas.
Barely half of the $3.2 billion needed to repair Mozambique’s devastated infrastructure has been pledged and much less has been received so far, according to Guterres.
“We will not leave, we will keep on working. But we will need more support from the international community to the people of Mozambique,”
Guterres told a press conference.
“The pledges that have already made are not enough. It’s important to increase solidarity with Mozambique for effective reconstruction,” he said.
Guterres blames climate change for the increase in natural calamities such as the cyclones that hit Mozambique.
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Cyclones Idai and Kenneth struck within a span of six weeks, killing more than 1,000 people and displacing thousands more. The cyclones flattened villages, wiped out roads and power lines and left waterborne diseases including cholera in their wake.
There has also been an increase in Islamic insurgency in the country’s north that has killed more than 100 people, making it hard for relief to reach victims of the cyclone Kenneth, according to Reuters.
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