Cyclone hit communities in Mozambique require $3.2 billion fund

The funds will be earmarked to rebuild infrastructure and support social needs and economic production in affected areas
Cyclone hit communities in Mozambique require $3.2 billion fund
(FILES) This file photo taken on May 1, 2019 shows an aerial view of the damaged Ibo island after the passage of the cyclone Kenneth, the first to hit Mozambique’s north in the modern era. – Islamist insurgents have resumed attacks in northern Mozambique after a cyclone last month, killing nearly two dozen villagers and torching homes in a mounting political threat in the run-up to a general election. A shadowy jihadist group that has targeted Cabo Delgado province since October 2017 briefly halted attacks after Cyclone Kenneth made landfall on April 25, leaving 45 dead and 250,000 affected. (Photo by Emidio Jozine / AFP)

Mozambique on Friday launched a two-day conference aimed at raising $3.2 billion to rebuild infrastructure ravaged by two cyclones. 

The UN-backed meeting, taking place in the devastated port city of Beira, is expected to draw about 700 experts from international organisations, the private sector, and civil society.

The storms smashed into Mozambique in March and April 2019, hitting the centre and north of the country just six weeks apart.

More than two million people were affected and about 650 died.

Cabinet spokeswoman Ana Comoana told AFP the $3.2 billion target was determined by a technical study conducted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), European Union, World Bank, and African Development Bank.

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The funds will be earmarked to rebuild infrastructure and support social needs and economic production in affected areas. 


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