The United States president has directed the US military to support international humanitarian relief efforts in Mozambique following the destruction caused by Cyclone Idai more than a week ago.
The U.S. Africa Command statement comes three days after Mozambique’s government made a formal request to the international community for aid. The southern Africa nation earlier declared a national disaster as its president said deaths from the cyclone could reach 1,000. Confirmed deaths are now close to 450, AP reports.
The statement says US-AFRICOM provides disaster relief in support of USAID “when it has unique capabilities that can be utilized in the U.S. Government’s response.”
US-AFRICOM designated Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa to lead the U.S. military efforts and that its initial assessments have begun at the scene of the disaster.