Government asks for $3.2 billion donation for reconstruction

The Mozambican government announced today it will request $3.2 billion from international donors to rebuild the areas affected by cyclones Idai and Kenneth

"In terms of the overall evaluation, the report mentions the need for a $3.2 billion budget, designed to meet the needs of the social and productive sectors, and also for the infrastructure area," said Ana Comoana at a press conference after the Council of Ministers' weekly meeting.

The overwhelming majority of this amount - just over $3 billion (€2.6 billion) - will be channeled into rebuilding what has been destroyed by the passage of Cyclone Idai in central Mozambique in March.

The remainder will be used to mitigate the damage caused in Mozambique's northern region by Cyclone Kenneth in April.

"This report was drafted with the help of our EU and UN cooperation partners" she added.

The above amount will be presented to International donors at a conference to be held from May 31 to June 1 in the city of Beira, the most severely affected by Cyclone Idai.

"We want to believe that most of this amount could come from international partners," Ana Comoana said.

More than 700 people are expected to attend the Beira meeting.

Cyclone Idai hit central Mozambique in March, killing 603 people and affecting 1.5 million more, while cyclone Kenneth, which ravaged the north of the country in April, killed 45 and affected 250.000.

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