Trump directs US military to aid Mozambique

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BUZI, Mozambique (AP) -- United States military says President Donald Trump has directed it to support relief efforts in the aftermath of the cyclone that hit Mozambique more than a week ago.

Cyclone Idai could prove to be the deadliest storm in generations to hit the impoverished southeast African country of 30 million people. (Source: MGN)

The U.S. Africa Command statement comes three days after Mozambique's government made a formal request through the international community for aid.

The U.S. statement says AFRICOM provides disaster relief "when it has unique capabilities that can be utilized in the U.S. government's response."

It says the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa will lead the U.S. military efforts and that its initial assessment has begun at the scene of the disaster.