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U.S. Government Delivers 45 Metric Tons of Relief Supplies to Cabo Delgado Province to Assist Victims of Cyclone Kenneth
May 20, 2019 – Pemba – Over the last week, the U.S. Government has airlifted approximately 45 metric tons of relief supplies to Pemba to support the response to Cyclone Kenneth by the Government of the Republic of Mozambique and international partners. The flights have provided heavy-duty plastic sheeting to provide shelter for 75,000 people, water containers for 38,500 people to collect and store safe drinking water, and thermal blankets for 37,500 people. The U.S. Government continues to work with its Mozambican and international partners to distribute these supplies to communities affected by Cyclone Kenneth.
On April 25, Tropical Cyclone Kenneth made landfall over Mozambique’s Quissanga District, producing torrential rains in several districts of Cabo Delgado Province. On April 26, U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique Dennis W. Hearne declared a disaster due to the effects of the cyclone. In response, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) conducted assessments and coordinated response activities with relief partners, other humanitarian organizations, and the Mozambican Government. On May 17, USAID officially stood down its DART in Mozambique and transitioned response efforts to its expanded regional team.
As the world’s largest donor of humanitarian assistance, the United States is committed to continuing to play a leading role in international efforts to assist the Mozambican Government and the people of Cabo Delgado as they seek to recover from this cyclone.
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