Updated: February 25, 2021
The United States has contributed over $4.1 million as relief efforts to assist victims of Cyclone Idia in Mozambique Zimbabwe and Malawi.
The three Southeastern African states were hit by a catastrophic cyclone which killed more than 460 people with at least 1.8 million others in need of urgent assistance.
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Via the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, the administration of Donald Trump announced that “on March 20, USAID deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team, DART, to Mozambique to assess damage, identify priority needs, and work closely with partners to provide critical assistance to people in Mozambique.”
Provided to the World Food Programme, the humanitarian assistance will help deliver “approximately 2,500 metric tons of rice, peas, and vegetable oil to affected people. This life-saving emergency food assistance will support approximately 160,000 people for one month,” USAID said.
U.S. military aircrafts began on Sunday to airlift more than 100 metric tons of World Food Program, WFP food rations, including high-energy, nutritional products—known as ready-to-use supplementary foods, RUSF, among other necessities from South Africa to the affected localities.