Severe flooding and tropical cyclone Idai have caused large numbers of casualties and damage to homes and infrastructure in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. To help those affected, the Commission has announced an initial emergency aid package of €3.5 million (approx. USD 3,97 million).
Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said: “The EU stands in solidarity with all those people affected by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Just hours after the Cyclone’s impact, we are making emergency aid available to address the pressing humanitarian needs and to boost the local response efforts. In addition, we are sending our technical experts on the ground and our Copernicus satellite system has been activated to identify needs and help our humanitarian partners and the local authorities in their response."
The funding will be used to provide logistical support to reach affected people, emergency shelter, hygiene, sanitation, and health care. Out of the aid package, based on needs, €2 million will be provided in Mozambique, €1 million in Malawi and €0.5 million (approx. USD 0.567 million) in Zimbabwe. This comes in addition to €250,000 in initial humanitarian assistance.
For more information: Carlos Martin Ruiz De Gordejuela – Tel.: +32 229 65322; Daniel Puglisi – Tel.: +32 229 69140
Photo: UNICEF Zimbabwe/2019/TMukwazhi