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Cyclone-Hit Mozambique Needs Humanitarian Assistance, U.N. Says; IMF Approves $118.2M In Assistance To Help Country Rebuild

New York Times: Mozambique Cyclone Wiped Out the Nation’s Food. Now Aid is in Short Supply.
“…The tropical cyclone known as Idai, which barreled through southern Africa last month, ravaged one of the poorest corners of the planet. In Mozambique, which bore its brunt, it leveled 110,000 homes, inundated entire towns, and left a vast swath of rich farmland waterlogged or smeared in mud. … The cyclone wiped out the main source of food in a country where nearly half the population already lived below the poverty line. … In the weeks since the cyclone, a vast international aid campaign has swung into action. … But the outpouring of support has only nipped at the short-term needs. Cyclone Idai cost Mozambique as much as $773 million in direct economic losses, as estimated by the World Bank. … As of Saturday, $74 million had been raised toward the U.N.’s goal for Mozambique…” (Walsh, 4/20).

Reuters: IMF gives Mozambique $118 million for Cyclone Idai rebuilding
“The International Monetary Fund will grant Mozambique a $118.2 million credit facility to help it rebuild infrastructure after a devastating cyclone that killed hundreds of people and flattened whole villages, the lender said on Friday…” (Toyana, 4/19).

VOA News: U.N.: Cyclone Survivors in Mozambique Need Urgent Humanitarian Aid
“The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) says it plans to scale up its emergency food and nutritional operation in Mozambique to reach 1.7 million people in four provinces hardest-hit by the recent Cyclone Idai…” (Schlein, 4/19).