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UN Urges Unity to Reduce Climate Change Impacts in Mozambique

UN Urges Unity to Reduce Climate Change Impacts in Mozambique

The United Nations resident coordinator in Mozambique on Tuesday, 15 March, called for a joint effort to mitigate the impacts of climate change in the country, as it marks the third year since the passage of cyclone Idai.

“On this sad anniversary, we will join efforts to support the Government and the people of Mozambique to accelerate disaster risk reduction and adapt to climate change,” Myrta Kaulard said in a message marking the third year since the passage of the most severe cyclone in memory in Mozambique (Idai).

Cyclone Idai struck the central part of the country in March 2019, affecting more than one and a half million people and causing the death of more than 600.

With torrential rain and winds of 205 kilometres per hour, the cyclone, which generated a broad international solidarity movement, destroyed several infrastructures, mainly in the city of Beira (Sofala province), and the central region is still under reconstruction.

For the United Nations resident coordinator in Mozambique, the cyclical natural disasters that Mozambique faces prove the need for measures to combat climate change and improve the country’s adaptive capacity.

“The devastation in Mozambique demonstrates how urgent it is to take immediate action to combat climate change and visibly increase support to low-income nations on the front line,” Myrta Kaulard said, noting that the third year after the passage of Idai comes at a time when the country is seeking to address the damage caused by two other storms that have hit Mozambique this year (cyclone Gombe and storm Ana).

“As we mark the third anniversary of tropical cyclone Idai, cyclone Gombe and storm Ana show us once again the plight of the most vulnerable low-income countries when they are also exposed to the impacts of climate change. The people of Mozambique experience them every year and their resilience and strength is admirable,” said Myrta Kaulard.

Mozambique faces annual rains and cyclones during the rainy season, which runs from October to March.

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