UN ENVOY CALLS FOR MORE HUMANITARIAN AID FOR MOZAMBIQUE

The United Nations Special Envoy on the El Nino weather phenomenon and on climate change, Macharia Kamau, has urged the international community to provide humanitarian assistance to the victims of natural disasters in Mozambique, particularly of this year’s drought which is largely caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon.

Kamau told the media after calling on President Filipe Nyusi on Wednesday that the number of Mozambicans in need of humanitarian aid was 2.5 million. “The Mozambican people deserve more support from the international community. There is a moral imperative which should imply a greater commitment in humanitarian aid,” he said.

The UN envoy revealed that so far the international community had only provided half of a package of 200 million US dollars of aid promised at the start of the year to support the victims of natural disasters.

Kamau added that the impact of climate change in Mozambique was serious, characterized by cyclical droughts and floods.

He is in Mozambique to see for himself the impact of the El Nino drought. During his four-day visit he will tour the drought-stricken districts of Manhica and Magude in Maputo province, and hold meetings with the Mozambican relief agency, the National Disasters Management Institute (INGC).

Kamau was earlier in Botswana as part of a visit to several southern African countries hit by drought.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.