The European Union, EU, has released some €3.5 million in emergency aid to Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, following cyclone Idai and deadly floods that hit the three African states killing many people with hundreds more missing.
“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).” The European Union published on its website.
The EU 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.”
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“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,” Christos Stylianides said.
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 in Zimbabwe.
The said sum comes in addition to €250,000 in initial humanitarian assistance provided to the affected states.
Other blocs and government including humanitarian organizations are equally mobilizing to offer support to the victims of last week cyclone which ravaged Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe.