US pours in $5m for Cyclone Idai victims

UNITED States ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols


The United States (US) has provided an additional US$4,7 million towards relief efforts in Chimanimani and Chipinge which are struggling to recover from the effects of Cyclone Idai.

The furious tropical storm destroyed an estimated US$500 million worth of infrastructure and displaced thousands of people in the areas while hundreds were killed.

With this additional kitty, the United States Agency for International Development (USAid) will work with seven partners to provide the affected families with
clean water and hygiene supplies, shelter and settlement support, as well as agricultural early recovery services.

The seven partners include Care, Catholic Relief Services, the International Organisation for Migration, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, the
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and World Vision.

“These resources build on initial cyclone response contributions from USAid to the United Nations World Food Programme, Goal and Lead Trust,” the US embassy in
Harare said in a statement yesterday.

The embassy said, in response to the results of several assessments completed by USAid, its government was providing additional funding towards recovery
efforts to help people rebuild their lives after the tragedy and the contribution would provide much-needed lifesaving assistance to help those affected.

The US has to date provided some US$79 million in humanitarian assistance to help people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi who were affected by Cyclone Idai
and Cyclone Kenneth.