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Statement by Acting USAID Spokesperson Tom Babington on the Deployment of the Disaster Assistance Team to Mozambique in Response to Cyclone Idai
Washington D.C., United States of America, March 21, 2019
USAID has mobilised $700,000 in total assistance to support emergency water, sanitation, hygiene, and shelter needs in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.
Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is activating a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to Mozambique to lead the U.S. Government’s response to Cyclone Idai, which has caused catastrophic flooding, killed hundreds of people, and affected hundreds of thousands of others in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.
on #Mozambique USAID is doing an assessment right now and we stand ready to support.” But no request for US military assistance yet. @ChiefPentSpox adds once they receive the assessment, he will be happy to share what they are willing to provide
— Carla Babb (@CarlaBabbVOA) March 21, 2019
To date, USAID has mobilised $700,000 in total assistance to support emergency water, sanitation, hygiene, and shelter needs in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi caused by torrential rain and flooding in early March, followed by Cyclone Idai. Of this, $200,000 is for relief efforts in Mozambique in response to the damage caused by Cyclone Idai, and $500,000 was provided to Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi in response to the flooding earlier in the month.
The USAID DART, an elite team of US disaster experts, will assess damage, identify humanitarian needs, and work closely with local authorities and humanitarian organisations on the ground to provide critical assistance to people affected by the cyclone. The storm, which has destroyed homes, livelihoods, and public infrastructure, follows a week of heavy rains and flooding across Southeast Africa that had already displaced tens of thousands of people.
Our @USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team continues #CycloneIdai damage assessments while our partner @ResQSA searches 4 survivors. We’ve provided training to this urban search & rescue team & are VERY PROUD of them. They were one of 1st teams on the ground in #Mozambique. pic.twitter.com/OgGIGoAFNM
— USAID/OFDA (@theOFDA) March 21, 2019
As the world’s largest donor of humanitarian assistance, the United States remains committed to helping people affected by this devastating cyclone. Our thoughts are with the people of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.Source: Distributed by APO Group on behalf of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)