The United Kingdom has sent a Royal Airforce (RAF) A400M Atlas aircraft to deliver 20 tonnes of UK aid supplies to countries devastated by Cyclone Idai.
This was confirmed by British Defence secretary Gavin Williamson who said:
The UK stands united with those affected by the devastation of Cyclone Idai at this incredibly difficult time. Our partners across the globe can count on our Armed Forces to lend a helping hand in times of need, which is why are sending an RAF aircraft to assist with the aid relief.
Meanwhile, the British International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt had this to say:
The UK government was one of the first to respond to this crisis and is currently the biggest global donor to the response. It is doing all it can to provide life-saving help to the hundreds of thousands of people left homeless or without food by this devastating cyclone.
The UK aid on board this RAF plane due to fly into Mozambique contains essential supplies, which will made a real and immediate difference to the survivors.
This is undoubtedly one of the biggest natural disasters to hit the region, and our thoughts remain firmly with the victims.