Cape Verde helps Mozambique with $ 200,000 and ponders team sending

U lisses Correia e SilvaCape Verde will help Mozambique with $ 200,000 and is considering sending a team to help people affected by cyclone Idai, the Cape Verdean prime minister told Lusa.

U lisses Correia e Silva was speaking at the end of the ceremony to launch the Education and Skills Development (PREDC) project by the Government of Cape Verde, in partnership with the World Bank, which took place in the city of Praia.

According to the head of the Government, assistance to Mozambique will materialize through a budget from the State Budget and companies that are being contacted by the Executive for this purpose.

“Through the State Budget, under our conditions, we will affect an important amount to support the emergency situation that exists today in Mozambique and we are also mobilizing resources with the companies so that, in a voluntary and joint way, they can participate “, said.

He added: “We think that we can reach a sum of US $ 200,000, with the participation of the Government and companies, to make a contribution from Cape Verde to a situation that is very serious.”

In addition to this amount, the Government is considering the possibility of sending a team to the field.

“We will organize a meeting with various entities, such as Civil Protection, Armed Forces, Red Cross to see what can be made available in terms of participation in the field, so that we can make our contribution,” he said.

Ulysses Correia e Silva said that the Government and the Presidency of the Republic have been working “in a very tuned way”, so that soon Cape Verde “give a very strong signal” of their contribution and solidarity “to alleviate the situation in Mozambique “.

The number of confirmed deaths following the cyclone in central Mozambique rose to 217, according to official figures released today.

At a press conference in Beira, the Minister of Land and Territorial Planning, Celso Correia, said that about 15,000 people were still at risk on Wednesday.

The governor said that about 3,000 people have been rescued since Wednesday.

Cyclone Idai’s passage into Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe has caused close to 400 deaths, according to provisional assessments released by the respective governments since Monday.

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi issued a national emergency decree on Tuesday and said 350,000 people were “at risk.”

Mozambique is today fulfilling the second of three days of national mourning.

The International Red Cross has indicated that at least 400,000 people are displaced in Beira, considering that this is the “worst crisis” of the kind in Mozambique.

The Idai, with heavy rains and winds of up to 170 kilometers per hour, hit Beira (central Mozambique) on Thursday evening, leaving about 500,000 residents in the country’s fourth-largest city without power and communication lines.