The World Federation of Trade Unions, which is the militant voice of 95 million members in 130 countries in all corners of the globe, expresses its internationalist solidarity with the working class and the ordinary people of the Province Papua in Indonesia, as well as with the workers in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, strongly affected by the recent extreme weather conditions and cyclones.
In Papua, Indonesia, dozens of people have been killed and thousands have been forced to move from their homes, after the floods and mudslides caused a few days ago by torrential rains, while in Zimbabwe and Mozambique 127 people have lost their lives and a lot more are missing after the passage of the Cyclone Idai.
We stand by the side of all workers and poor people of Indonesia and Southern Africa, conveying our sincere condolences to the families of the victims.
Once more it is shown that all over the world, it is the poor people who die unprotected during floods and cyclones, they are killed in earthquakes and burnt during wildfires. We strongly denounce the lack of adequate protection measures against extreme weather conditions and natural disasters, that every time leave dead and homeless persons.
We call on the responsible authorities of the affected countries to restore the damaged areas and support the people of Southern Africa and Indonesia both by measures of immediate help and with the construction of the proper infrastructure that will protect the people in case of extreme weather phenomena.