International donors have pledged to contribute $1.2bn to help rebuild areas and infrastructure destroyed by cyclones Kenneth and Idai in Mozambique, according to the UN, less than half the amount the government says is needed.

The announcement was made by the country’s President Filipe Nyusi at the end of a two-day International Conference of Donors that drew around 700 participants from international organisations, donors, the private sector and civil society to the city of Beira, one of the areas worst hit by the cyclones...

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