Red Cross and EU strengthen emergency response in Mozambique

The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has announced the arrival of an Emergency Response Unit that will provide medical care to 20,000 people daily.

A new emergency team, which will provide daily drinking water to 15,000 people, is expected to arrive in the next few days.

“After a disaster of this magnitude, the speed, quality and size of the response is critical to preventing the spread of disease,” said IFRC Secretary-General Elhadj As Sy during a press conference held Monday at the United Nations In Geneva.

Elhadj As Sy pointed out that, as the waters begin to drop, “thousands of people still have no access to water, shelter or health care.”

“We have now been able to see more clearly the real consequences of this disaster,” he added.

The official added that two field hospitals with the capacity to provide medical services, including emergency surgeries, to at least 30,000 people are also on their way to Mozambique.

On Monday, a plane with an emergency logistics team left Geneva to ensure that donations of goods are received, sent to customs and transported to the destination by the organization’s volunteers.

The IFRC raised, however, from 10 million to 35 million Swiss francs, the request for emergency aid.

According to the organization, these funds will allow the Red Cross of Mozambique to provide

Source: Angola Press News Agency