EU release €3.5 million in emergency aid following cyclone Idai

EU has released €3.5 million in emergency aid following hundreds of thousands of people affected by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

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.”

This comes in addition to €250,000 in initial humanitarian assistance.

 The funding will be used to provide logistical support to reach affected people, emergency shelter, hygiene, sanitation, and health care.

The EU has stated that its aid package, is based on needs, €2 million will be provided in Mozambique, €1 million in Malawi and €0.5 million in Zimbabwe

Around 600,000 people in Mozambique and 900,000 in Malawi are thought to have been affected by the cyclone, according to United Nations estimates.

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