The US has provided an additional $2.5 million to respond to emergency needs in Zimbabwe following Cyclone Idai, through international development agency, USAID.
The contribution is for support to the most affected areas of the Manicaland province in Zimbabwe, where more than a 100,000 people were affected in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai.
Idai, which made landfall at Beira on the north coast of Mozambique almost a month ago in early March, caused torrential rains and flooding in Mozambique, parts of neighbouring Zimbabwe and in Malawi.
“USAID will work through the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide immediate food assistance to approximately 133,000 individuals affected by the cyclone in Chimanimani and Chipinge districts,” the organisation said in a statement.
The contribution of more than 2,000 metric tons of sorghum, vegetable oil, and fortified cereals have been sourced from USAID’s warehouse in Durban.
“The US stands with the people of Zimbabwe during this devastating time. The humanitarian assistance from USAID will save lives and alleviate suffering as people rebuild following the tragedy of Cyclone Idai,” US Ambassador Brian A. Nichols said.
The WFP also welcomed the US donation, which is in addition to the $10 million in humanitarian assistance it has already provided for people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi following the Cyclone.
The financial aid will assist in water, sanitation, hygiene and shelter provision programmes in the three countries.
“This timely contribution from USAID is key in meeting the immediate food needs of the people who are still battling to recover from the catastrophic impact of Cyclone Idai, and support early recovery efforts as they start to rebuild their lives,” WFP Country Director Eddie Rowe said.
In Zimbabwe, Cyclone Idai caused at least 181 deaths, and an estimated 270,000 people are in need of assistance.
The US is working in partnership with other donor governments, UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, local relief groups, and others to provide emergency relief to those impacted by the cyclone.
– African News Agency (ANA)