Maputo – The Humanitarian and Emergency Operations Centre (COHE) of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was officially launched in northern Mozambique’s Nampula province on Monday.
In the Nacala District of Nampula, SADC Chairperson President Felipe Nyusi of Mozambique and President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana, Chair of the bloc’s Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation, launched the centre.
COHE will function as a regional co-ordination institution to meet the challenges and impact caused by climate change and assist in the rapid recovery of affected member states and supply of necessary equipment for the support teams, said President Nyusi at the ceremony.
“The magnitude of the humanitarian impact of the crises that were registered during our presidency, impelled us to seek and align the priorities of our external policies with those of our internal acting, particularly in the humanitarian domain, to contain the impact and losses resulting from climate disasters,” he added.
He said Mozambique alone had lost about US$150 million to weather disasters, including the three cyclones in recent years that left hundreds of people killed and millions affected in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
The investment in such initiatives, whose multiple functions include prior notice, intervention before, during and after a disaster, and reinforcement of resilience, has also reasons of economic and social nature, President Nyusi emphasised. – Xinhua