Following the devastating Cyclone Ida which triggered a massive disaster in southern Africa and affecting hundreds of thousands of people and caused massive damage to infrastructure, including to roads, schools and government offices as well as thousands of homes, UCLG and its members around the world would like to express their solidarity with the people of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
At this difficult moment, all members of the UCLG network stand by the people of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. We hope that these countries recover as quickly as possible from the consequences of the disaster and that normal life for citizens can be re-established in the affected zones. At this moment, we know that mayors and councillors stand close to their communities to help and respond, in order to mitigate the impact of this disaster.
The Presidency of UCLG is already in contact with its members in Africa through UCLG-Africa, the National Association of Municipalities of Mozambique (ANAMM), the Malawi Local Government Association (MALGA) the Zimbabwe Local Government Association (ZILGA) and the UCLG Working Group on the Territorial Prevention and Management of Crises is exploring how to best support the affected local governments. We will keep you up to date with any requests for specific support.