27 February 2013

Mozambique: Russian Aid On Way to Maputo

Maputo — Russian state media reported on Wednesday that 35 tonnes of humanitarian aid is on its way to Mozambique in response to the flooding that has hit the country.

The Russian government is sending an airplane carrying tents, blankets, tinned food, rice and a mobile electric power plant.

Aid has also been promised by companies working in Mozambique. On Tuesday, the Irish company Kenmare Resources, which mines ilmenite, rutile and zircon from the heavy mineral sands in the northern Mozambican district of Moma, announced that it was donating a million meticais (about 32,000 US dollars) to help flood victims.

Kenmare’s Gareth Clifton stated that “we cannot remain indifferent to the misfortune that has struck thousands of Mozambicans. It is a modest donation representing our friendship and solidarity with the flood victims”.

Other commercial donations include 500,000 US dollars from BHP Billiton (which owns 47 per cent of the Mozal aluminium smelter at Beuluane, on the outskirts of Maputo), and 450,000 litres of bottled water and ten tonnes of fortified milk powder from Nestle.

The United Nations World Food Programme has been providing assistance to 214, 000 people in Gaza, the province worst hit by flooding, and expects to be providing aid to 158,000 over the next six months.

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