Atlanta, GA (February 20, 2017) – On February 17, 2017, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) granted $10,000 to United Methodist Church (UMC) in Mozambique for food distribution in the Inhambane area on Mozambique’s southeast cost, for those affected by cyclone Dineo. This will be the fourth grant issued by UMCOR to the Emergency Department of the UMC in Mozambique.
On February 16, 2017, Inhambane, Mozambique was struck by winds of more than 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) and battered by torrential rain and rough seas. Cyclone Dineo killed at least seven people, injured more than 50 and displaced thousands across southern Mozambique. More than 20,000 homes, 70 health centers and 1000 school rooms were destroyed by the cyclone.
Mozambique, one of the world’s poorest countries, is often struck by deadly flooding and storms. Scores have already died in the current rainy season, which began in October 2016. Cyclone Dineo has affected more than 650,000 people in southeastern Africa. Dineo’s impact was greatest in Inhambane, an area popular with tourists.
Jack Amick, Senior Director, of UMCOR Disaster Response, said, “Today, I witnessed a fine example of how UMCOR gives more than money.” He continued, “It was a team effort between the leadership at UMC Mozambique, UMCOR, and other parts of Global Ministries. Everyone worked hard today and will rest well, knowing that all of us worked together to make life a little better for the survivors of this storm. There will be more work for UMCOR to do in response to the disasters facing Mozambique right now, but we’re off to a good start.”
About United Methodist Committee on Relief
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more. To support UMCOR’s effort in responding to the disaster in Mozambique and other disaster response and risk reduction projects globally, please donate to the International Disaster Response Advance #982450. Learn more about UMCOR by visiting www.umcor.org or follow https://www.facebook.com/UMCOR/ and https://twitter.com/UMC_UMCOR