Tropical Cyclone Idai has caused devastating loss of life, massive property and infrastructure damage in Mozambique,Malawi and Zimbabwe. As a way of helping those affected, the European Commission has announced an initial emergency aid package of €3.5 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 need and help our humanitarian partners and the local authorities in their response.”
The timely funding will be used to provide logistical support to reach the affected people, emergency shelter, hygiene, sanitation and health care.The aid package will be provided based on needs as follows,€2 million for Mozambique,€1 million for Malawi and €0.5 million for Zimbabwe.
The EU is one of many organizations that have responded in a huge way to calls for humanitarian aid in all the affected areas.