Pan African Parliament has embarked on giving moral support to Southern African Developing Countries affected by the Cyclone Idai which killed over 1000 people.
By Mpho MoAfrika Dube
This was confirmed by PAP fourth Vice President Chief Fortune Charumbira from Zimbabwe who said: “A motion for PAP to set up a team of parliamentarians that will visit counties in SADC region hit by Cyclone Idai will be stimulated and espoused during this assembly.”
According to Chief Fortune Charumbira the team will be instantly positioned to strengthen mobilisation of additional altruistic and refurbishment backing.
The Zimbabwean national expressed his gratitude to Mozambique government for their humility role of burying Zimbabweans who were killed by Cyclone Idai. He commented Robert Mugabe’s successor Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnagagwa for his effort of restoring the lives of his country.
A group of parliamentarians are expected to visit Cyclone hit affected areas such Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe to assist in rejuvenating their livelihood.
In Mozambique reportedly over 32,000 hectares of food in the area was destroyed by Cyclone Kenneth right before the main harvest leaving many families without much to eat.
The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) said it has delivered food aid to over 100 000 affected people in northern Mozambique.
Cyclone Idai that made landfall over two days in mid-March causing devastation across three Southern African countries, killing over 1 000 people.
Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa deployed the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to Mozambique to assist with recovery after Cyclone Idai damaged pylons which affected Eskom power supply.
South African president said: “I’m is certain that we are going to be able to turn it around within the next two days because our defence force is already there helping with rescue operations, but we’ve already asked them to go and see how we can get the pylons to also be restored.”
Ramaphosa also paid tribute to South Africans as well as well as African nationals and all those who died in recent floods in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal as well as those who died in countries struck by Cyclone Idai.
More than 40 people perished and hundreds were displaced after heavy rains brought flooding and mudslides to areas around Durban.
Ramaphosa said: “This situation calls on all of us to pull together as a country to reach out to affected communities. It was important to come and see what has happened. We pass our condolences to the families of those who have died in this disaster. We are saddened by what has happened here. The loss of life is never easy, especially when so unexpected.”