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Idai: Mozambique to hold donors’ conference to discuss reconstruction

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The Government of Mozambique said that it would organise a donors’ conference in Beira on May 30 to discuss reconstruction after the recent `cyclone “Idai’’ disaster in the country.

The Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources, Mr João Machatine, said this on Tuesday in Maputo.

The devastating cyclone hit the central region on the night of March 14, bringing fierce winds and flooding, and left more than 600 people dead, 1.5 million victims and most of the city’s infrastructure damaged.

In addition to discussing resources in need of reconstruction, the conference will gather from international participants the experience in the construction of resilient infrastructure.

“We have to incorporate resilient components based on the country’s history and the experience that our partners bring from other countries, which is fundamental to adapt our country to the phenomenon caused by climate change,” Machatine said.

He spoke at the training of technicians for assessment of damages and losses caused by cyclone Idai, which would help to identify multi-sectoral and cross-cutting needs and propose a recovery strategy.

The results of the evaluation will be presented during the donors’ conference to inform participants of a much more efficient intervention.

Machatine said that the priority would be the reconstruction of schools, hospitals, roads, bridges and transmission lines, which were important to guarantee that economic and social activities could be revived as fast as possible.


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