NDO – A ceremony was held in Maputo, capital city of Mozambique, on April 1 to hand over aid of Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) Central Committee, Buddhist followers and Overseas Vietnamese community in Mozambique to victims of cyclone Idai, which hit the country’ central region in March.
The ceremony saw the attendance of Casimiro Abreu, Acting Director of Mozambique's National Institute of Natural Disaster Management (INGC); Venerable Thich Dong Hue, member of the Executive Council of the VBS Central Committee and President of the Vietnam Buddhist Association in Mozambique; Vietnamese Ambassador to Mozambique Le Huy Hoang; as well as representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and aid agencies of Mozambique, and the Buddhist followers and Overseas Vietnamese community in Mozambique.
Speaking at the event, Venerable Thich Dong Hue said that the aid package, including more than 20 tonnes of food and relief supplies, conveyed the solidary and sharing of the VBS and Vietnamese Buddhist followers towards the cyclone victims.
Venerable Thich Dong Hue expressed his hope that the local authorities and people would soon overcome the consequences of the cyclone.
In reply, INGC Acting Director Casimiro Abreu, expressed his thanks to the VBS, the Vietnamese Embassy, OVs community in Mozambique for the aid, treasuring the support given by Vietnamese Government and people for his country.
Earlier, on March 26, 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, which was hard-hit by cyclone Idai.
Super tropical cyclone Idai is considered the biggest natural disaster in the past 30 years, heavily affecting the central region of Mozambique and some neighbouring countries, such as Zimbabwe and Malawi.
The cyclone claimed the lives of over 780 people and seriously affected the living of more than 2.9 million others. In Mozambique, it is reported to have left at least 518 people dead, 1,522 injured and 135,000 homeless, and destroyed 3,318 schools.