The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed contribution from the European Union worth €250,000 (US$284,414) to help provide urgently-needed logistical support to the humanitarian response in the wake of the cyclone that has devastated eastern Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique.
The funds, channelled through the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO, support the deployment of a UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) helicopter from Monday 25th March that will work to deliver much-needed assistance (medicine, shelter equipment, food and nutrition assistance) and transport of personnel to the areas of Chimanimani and Chipinge, the two most-affected districts.
WFP Representative and Country Director, Eddie Rowe, said: “WFP is grateful to the European Union for its generous support to our recovery operations to address urgent logistical needs.
“Thanks to this timely contribution, WFP, along with the support of the Government of Zimbabwe and first responders, will be in a position to step up humanitarian relief to those areas worst-affected by Cyclone Idai.”
WFP plans to mount an emergency operation to provide food assistance to approximately 270,000 people in seven affected districts, including Chimanimani and Chipinge, for a period of three months, in coordination with partners’ efforts and existing Government interventions to mitigate the food deficit.