President Trump directs US military to provide support to Mozambique for Cyclone Idai relief efforts

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.