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Cyclone Idai relief effort receives €3.5m emergency aid package from the EU

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Cyclone Idai relief effort receives €3.5m emergency aid package from the EU

The European Union has announced a €3.5 million emergency aid package to assist in recovery efforts following the devastating tropical storm, Cyclone Idai, that claimed more than 200 lives.

The tropical storm has left a trail of destruction in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides said the emergency aid would be used to “address pressing humanitarian needs and to boost the local response efforts” in the three countries.

“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,” Stylianides said in an announcement on Tuesday, 19 March 2019.

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

Out of the aid package and based on needs, €2 million would be provided in Mozambique, €1 million in Malawi and €0.5 million in Zimbabwe, the EU said.

Cyclone Idai has destroyed roads, bridges and houses as well as electricity and telecommunication infrastructure in the three countries.

In addition to the EU assistance, Zimbabwe has also received support from Tanzania while a consignment of medical and other supplies were due to arrive from the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday, 20 March 2019, according to state media.

Angola, Namibia and South Africa have also pledged support, reports say.

Locals have also joined forces by donating to the relief effort.

– APA

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