Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha presents rice to support Mozambique’s storm-hit victims

Thursday, 2019-11-28 17:56:54
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Venerable Thich Dong Hue (centre) presents documents related to relief shipments from the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha to General Director Augusta Maita (in green vest) of the National Disaster Management Institute of Mozambique. (Photo: Vietnam Embassy in Mozambique)
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NDO – The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) Central Committee has recently handed over 100 tonnes of rice to Mozambique in Maputo to support locals affected by two tropical Storms Idai and Kenneth in the country’s central region earlier this year.

Present at the handover ceremony were General Director Augusta Maita of the National Disaster Management Institute (INGC) of Mozambique, Venerable Thich Dong Hue, Member of the Executive Council of the VBS Central Committee cum President of the Vietnam Buddhist Association in Mozambique, and Le Huy Hoang, Vietnamese Ambassador to Mozambique.

At the ceremony, Venerable Hue conveyed the condolences from the VBS Central Committee and relevant agencies of Vietnam to the Government and local people of Mozambique, emphasising that the 100 tonnes of high-quality rice in relief represent the sentiment and support from Vietnam to help the victims overcome their hardships.

Venerable Hue also exchanged methods and handed over all documents related to the shipment to the INGC to ensure the rice to be shipped to the victims in Central of Mozambique as soon as possible.

Ambassador Hoang affirmed the support of the Vietnamese government and people for Mozambique, saying that he hopes those affected will soon recover and return to normal life.

Mozambican receive relief rice from the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha. (Photo: Vietnam Embassy in Mozambique)

INGC General Director Maita expressed her appreciation and gratitude for the VBS, the Vietnamese government and Buddhist followers in Vietnam.

She emphasised that this batch of shipments - following the previous emergency relief supplies given by the VBS Central Committee and the Movitel company to Mozambique in March and April 2019 - was practical, contributing to solving the difficulties of the local people after the storms, while showing the noble gesture of Buddhist followers and Vietnamese in general to the people of Mozambique.

She said that despite the efforts of the local government and the donors, there are still over 2 million people in the affected areas who are living in food insecurity and unsafe environmental sanitation conditions.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mozambique and INGC have held a meeting with the diplomatic missions, calling on the international community to continue to join hands to support disaster prevention in Mozambique, in which mobilising additional funding at least of US$17 million for local agencies to prevent flooding in the current rainy season.

According to the INGC general director, the rainy 2018-19 season in Mozambique has killed 714 people, including 648 of whom during the tropical cyclones Idai and Kenneth in March and April.