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04/02/2021 - 13:38
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The EU assistance will target over 1 000 households, about 5 000 people, in Sofala, Inhambane and Gaza provinces with emergency shelter, hygiene and essential household items.

Impact of Cyclone Eloise in Mozambique

In response to the flooding, destruction of property and infrastructure caused by the Tropical Cyclone Eloise, which made a landfall in Central Mozambique on 23 January, the European Commission has provided EUR 200.000, equivalent to 18 241 000 Meticais, in humanitarian funding to assist the most affected families. The Tropical Cyclone Eloise brought intense rains and flooding to Sofala, Inhambane and Gaza provinces of Mozambique.

This EU funding will support the Mozambique Red Cross Society in delivering much needed emergency relief assistance, especially to displaced families whose houses were either destroyed, damaged or flooded. This funding is part of the EU's overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The EU assistance will target over 1 000 households, about 5 000 people, in Sofala, Inhambane and Gaza provinces with emergency shelter, hygiene and essential household items. These will include mosquito nets, soap, chlorine for water treatment, kitchen sets, blankets, sleeping mats, jerry cans, buckets, tarpaulins, shelter toll kits and bamboo poles for construction of temporary shelters.

Given the high risk of an outbreak of waterborne diseases, the Mozambican Red Cross will conduct social mobilisation on disease prevention and hygiene promotion. They will also do COVID-19 monitoring, including temperature checks and will construct two isolation centres in case they record positive cases of COVID-19.

Many of the affected places were also greatly affected by the Cyclone Idai, barely two years ago. The Mozambican Red Cross will therefore also offer psychosocial support, including psychological first aid.

This operation will last for three months and provide humanitarian assistance in the areas affected by floods as well as those under risk of flooding and widespread damage due to the Cyclone.

On 23 November, Tropical Cyclone Eloise made a landfall in Mozambique, killing at least 13 people, displacing over 7000 and destroying about 5000 homes. It brought flooding and roads became impassable in parts of Sofala.137 000 hectares of cropland were flooded. With more rains still expected, there is fear of severe flooding yet to come due to rising of river basins.

 

Background

The European Union and its Member States are the world's leading donor of humanitarian aid. Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity with people in need all around the world. It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.

Through its Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department, the European Union helps millions of victims of conflict and disasters every year. With headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, the European Union provides assistance to the most vulnerable people on the basis of humanitarian needs.

The European Union is signatory to a €3 million humanitarian delegation agreement with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF). Funds from the DREF are mainly allocated to “small-scale” disasters – those that do not give rise to a formal international appeal.

The Disaster Relief Emergency Fund was established in 1985 and is supported by contributions from donors. Each time a National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society needs immediate financial support to respond to a disaster, it can request funds from the DREF.  For small-scale disasters, the IFRC allocates grants from the Fund, which can then be replenished by the donors. The delegation agreement between the IFRC and ECHO enables the latter to replenish the DREF for agreed operations (that fit within its humanitarian mandate) up to a total of €3 million.

For more information, please contact: Mathias.Eick@echofield.eu or +254 722 791 604

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