Updated: February 26, 2021
The African Union, AU, has announced that it will be contributing some $ 350,000 to help disaster efforts in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi after the three African states were hit last week by Cyclone Idai.
In a press statement, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, after receiving the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Malawi to the African Union, Ambassador Mhimango Edward Chirwa said the AU had finalized arrangements to support the three counties.
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The disaster has affected over 2 million people in the three countries.
Hundreds have lost their lives with the death toll on a daily raise. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced, vast areas, roads, and bridges destroyed, with communication cut off.
In support of response efforts, Mozambique, the hardest hit of the 3 countries, will receive $150,000from emergency AU funds.
The Chairperson also approved for the immediate dispatch of a high-level assessment mission to be led by the Permanent Representative Committee’s Sub-Committee on Refugees, Returnees and IDPs to assess the situation firsthand and express solidarity with the Governments and peoples of the three affected countries.
The Commission announced that it will redouble its advocacy efforts, to encourage both member states and partners to generously contribute to the ongoing efforts. The Chairperson of the Commission reiterates the African Union solidarity with the Governments and the people of the affected countries.
Moussa Faki Mahamat also thanked neighboring countries and partners that have already rendered assistance to the three countries and calls on all African Union member states and the larger international community to step up support in order to effectively address the humanitarian crisis.