INGD drawing up strategies to reduce vulnerability

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INGD drawing up strategies to reduce vulnerability
INGD drawing up strategies to reduce vulnerability

Africa-Press – Mozambique. The chairperson of Mozambique’s National Disaster Risk Management Institute (INGD), Luisa Meque, on Tuesday guaranteed that the INGD is determined to draw up strategies and guidelines for the reduction of vulnerability, and the construction of resilience to extreme climate events.

“The Mozambican population demands from us innovative solutions in order to increase resilience, of both people and infrastructures”, she said, at the opening of a Consultative Council of the INGD, held in Matibane, in the northern province of Nampula.

Meque noted that in the 2021-2022 rainy season extreme events had affected about a million people. Storms, high winds and lightning strikes had resulted in 142 deaths, and had injured a further 404 people. The deaths occurred mostly in Nampula, and the collapse of houses on top of people living in them was the main cause of death.

Meque said that, in addition to responding to extreme climate events, the INGD had coordinated the humanitarian response to the terrorist attacks in Cabo Delgado province, which have displaced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.

“In order to alleviate the suffering of those affected, with the support of the National Humanitarian Team, the INGD is continuing to provide multifaceted assistance to about 900,000 people, representing approximately 200,000 households, of which 468,623 are children”, said Meque.

At the meeting, the United Nations announced that it hopes to raise about 380 million dollars for humanitarian assistance to Mozambique this year. “We are committed to advocating the cause of Mozambique”, said UN spokesperson Fernando Hesse, representing the resident coordinator of the UN system in Mozambique.

“We are developing a humanitarian assistance plan for 2023”, he added, “concentrated on assisting internally displaced people, and intervening in emergencies caused by climatic events, including drought”.

“The humanitarian community, and national and foreign NGOs, are committed to supporting the Mozambican government in its response to climate shocks and to insecurity in the north, in close collaboration with the INGD”, he declared.

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