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14.02.2012 Mozambique

IOM Delivers US Aid to Cyclone-Affected Families in Mozambique

By International Office of Migration (IOM)
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GENEVA, Switzerland, February 14, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- IOM Mozambique has taken delivery of emergency shelter materials donated by the US government for over 5,000 cyclone-affected families in Zambézia Province.

Over 67,000 people were affected when tropical cyclone Funso hit the province in mid-January. Some 4,000 families saw their homes completely destroyed and another 8,000 homes were left badly damaged.

The US donation, which arrived in Maputo on Friday on a US-chartered 747, included enough plastic sheeting to provide shelter for 5,000 families, as well as roofing for 200 classrooms and health clinics.

The contribution, which was handed over to IOM in Quilemane, the capital of Zambézia Province, also included 8,000 plastic jerry cans.

IOM, which has allocated US$100,000 from its own emergency funds to kick start the operation, is now working with the National Disaster Management Institute (INGC) and partner NGOs to plan the distribution of the aid and identify families most in need.

It is also appealing to international donors for additional funding to pay for more reconstruction materials and tools. The distribution is expected to continue over the next several weeks.

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