The United Nations has announced an initiative worth $1.2 million which is set to cover provinces affected by Cyclone Idai in central Mozambique.
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced plans to support 40,000 families with controlling livestock health in the central part of the country.
The aid “consists of the free distribution of veterinary inputs”, namely vaccines, drugs against parasites and medicines, in the provinces of Sofala, Manica, Tete and Zambezia, according to an FAO statement distributed to the media on Sunday.
According to the organisation, the initiative also foresees the distribution of various medicines and instruments used to treat various species of animals, especially cattle, smaller ruminants, pigs and poultry.
A symbolic ceremony to hand over the kits was held on Saturday in Manica province, in an event that was attended by its governor, Francisca Tomás.
In that province alone, at least 13,500 families are to be covered by the programme in the districts of Mossurize, Sussundenga, Macate, Vandúzi, Gondola and Chimoio.
The initiative is financed by the World Bank and the Government of Mozambique.
Cyclone Idai hit central Mozambique in March 2019, claiming 604 lives and affecting about 1.8 million people.
Shortly afterwards, in April, the north was hit by Cyclone Kenneth, which killed 45 people and affected another 250,000.