The municipality of Montemor-o-Velho, Coimbra district, announced that more than nine tons of necessities destined to the population affected by Cyclone Idai have been sent to Mozambique as part of a solidarity campaign.
The municipality of Baixo Mondego, in the central region of Portugal, says that the “nine tons of hope” will follow by sea until the Council of Religions in Mozambique (COREM), “local entity that will distribute the collected goods.”
The Montemor For Mozambique solidarity campaign, launched by the local authority between March 23 and April 5, has made it possible to collect goods such as water, milk, pasta, cereals, rice, canned food, dairy flours, personal hygiene products, diapers, and other hygiene products. babies, but also means of purification of water and cleaning, clothing, footwear, blankets, sheets, medicines, treatment products, and building materials, according to the statement.
“After a rigorous inventory and careful sorting of all goods” – delivered by the municipality’s population in the Montemor-o-Velho Fire Brigade barracks, the municipal Civil Protection service, parish councils and products were packed “and are already on their way to Mozambique,” he adds.
The transport of goods, according to the note of the municipality, was possible thanks to the support of TransTDF – Tavares and Olicargo Group, which transported them by road to the port of Leixões. From there, they continue by train to the Port of Sines, “having as final destination the Port of Beira, in Mozambique”.
Quoted in the note, the mayor of Montemor-o-Velho, Emílio Torrão, affirms that “the effort of all is already on the way to the city of Beira”.
“The generosity, commitment, and spirit of self-help of the people of Montemor, the several dozen volunteers who gave themselves to this cause and the various entities that have been associated with this campaign of solidarity were, once again, decisive for the success of the Montemor initiative For Mozambique, “emphasizes Emilio Torrão.
Cyclone Idai, which struck central Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe on March 14, caused at least 603 deaths in Mozambique and affected more than 1.5 million people, according to Mozambican authorities.
Many infrastructures, including schools and health care facilities, have been destroyed or damaged.