Mozambique appreciates Vietnam's aid following tropical cyclone Idai

Wednesday, 2019-03-27 17:34:55
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Ambassador Le Huy Hoang and representatives from Movitel grant the aid to the local aid receiver (Photo: MOFA)
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NDO - Movitel, a joint venture of the Vietnamese military-run telecom group Viettel in Mozambique, handed over a shipment of aid to a local aid receiver in Beira city, Sofala province, on March 26, to help the city to overcome the consequences of the tropical cyclone Idai.

Landing at the port of Beira after a week, the shipment includes more than 50 tonnes of food, such as rice, salt, cornstarch and other essential necessities, to help solve the urgent needs of local residents in Beira following the great losses caused by the tropical cyclone Idai in mid-March 2019.

The hand-over ceremony saw the presence of Vietnamese Ambassador to Mozambique Le Huy Hoang, representatives from Movitel and local authorities of Sofala province.

Director of the Department of Industry and Trade of Sofala province, Josefa Sing Sang, expressed her thanks to Movitel and the Government and people of Vietnam for the aid, which is of great significance for the affected people to surmount the consequences of the cyclone.

She noted that residents in Beira appreciated Movitel for their efforts to deal with technical incidents, becoming the only telecom supplier to basically overcome the problem to ensure smooth communication among the central provinces of Mozambique affected by the cyclone.

The Vietnamese Ambassador said that the aid expressed the affection and support of the Vietnamese government and people towards the Mozambique government and people.

Super tropical cyclone Idai is considered the biggest natural disaster over the past 30 years, heavily affecting the central region of Mozambique and some neighbouring countries such as Zimbabwe and Malawi. At least 468 people have been reported dead and more than 1,500 people have been injured. The Mozambique government said the number of casualties will increase as localities continue to assess damages. There are no reports of Vietnamese people being injured.