WASHINGTON, February 24, 2000-The
World Bank is taking urgent steps to provide assistance to Mozambique in
the wake of disastrous floods and cyclones that have hit parts of the country.
About $2.5 million will immediately be made available to the government
from an IDA-supported roads project.
"We have heard President Chissano's appeal to the international community," said James D. Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank. "We will be working in close collaboration with the government and Mozambique's other external partners to help ensure that human suffering is minimized as much as possible."
The World Bank expects to provide significant further support as more detailed damage assessments are made, working with the government to provide disaster relief under IDA-supported programs in agriculture, health, education, and infrastructure.