PM calls for quick disbursement of post-cyclone aid
Germany is to give €50 million over the next couple of years to help the three countries hit by Cyclone Idai – Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, the German government revealed in a statement on Tuesday.
“Cyclone Idai has destroyed infrastructure and caused cholera outbreaks, so apart from emergency aid, it is necessary to recover infrastructure, give medical assistance, guarantee safe drinking water and improve sanitation”, the German minister of economic cooperation and development Gerd Müller said on the sidelines of the World Bank Spring Meeting in Washington.
Minister Dr Gerd Müller of @BMZ_Bund launches reconstruction & support programme in response to cyclone #Idai worth 50 mio Euro for #Mozambique#Zimbabwe & #Malawi – Reconstructing infrastructure, safeguarding health & education, giving a perspective to 3.5 mio people affected. https://t.co/cwfcy9IjOX
— Matthias Rompel (@Matthias_Rompel) April 13, 2019
He also pointed out that one of the goal is to get children back to school and strengthen dams to avoid new disasters.
Cyclone Idai swept through Mozambique’s central region, Malawi and Zimbabwe on March 14.
In Mozambique, according to the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC), the cyclone has affected 1.5 million people, killed 603 and injured 1,642.
In Zimbabwe, Cyclone Idai has killed 344 people and in Malawi, the floods caused 59 deaths and almost 900 injuries.
Met with @BMZ_Bund‘s Dr. Gerd Mueller. We value Germany’s partnership on development challenges and humanitarian crises throughout the world & look forward to our continued collaboration. pic.twitter.com/tkIzji1klr
— Mark Green (@USAIDMarkGreen) April 12, 2019