IMF to consider emergency financial aid to Mozambique

While it is still early to precisely assess the macroeconomic effects of Cyclone Idai and reconstruction costs, these will be very significant, the IMF said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) recently disclosed that about 1.85 million people have now been affected by Cyclone Idai and its aftermath in Mozambique alone.

Idai flattened homes and provoked widespread flooding when it made landfall near the Mozambique port city of Beira on March 14. It then ripped through neighbouring Zimbabwe and Malawi.

At least 686 people have been killed by the storm and its aftermath across the three countries, a figure that could rise as relief workers prepare for what they say are inevitable outbreaks of diseases including malaria and cholera.

Mozambique remains the hardest hit by the humanitarian crisis with tens of thousands of homes destroyed and hundreds of thousands displaced across an area of some 3,000 square km � roughly the size of Luxembourg.

Source: Angola Press News Agency