The US Embassy in Windhoek said Wednesday that its government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of Defence,
has provided more than N$812 million to help meet the immediate needs of people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe affected by Tropical Cyclone Idai.
The embassy said in a statement that it notes and welcomes President Hage Geingob’s appeal for humanitarian assistance in response to Tropical Cyclone Idai.
Geingob is also the current SADC Chairperson.
As of April 9, Tropical Cyclone Idai had resulted in at least 602 deaths in Mozambique and 344 in Zimbabwe with an estimated 1.85 million people in need of assistance in Mozambique alone. In addition, the number of homes damaged or destroyed by the cyclone has increased to more than 239,700.
On March 20, USAID deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to Mozambique to assess damage, identify priority needs, and work closely with partners to provide critical assistance to people in Mozambique.
This elite team from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance is comprised of logisticians, and food security, shelter, health, and water, sanitation, and hygiene experts.
During an April 9 telephonic press briefing, USAID Cyclone Idai DART Team Leader, Angela Sherbenou, said the U.S. military’s help ensures that relief supplies get on the ground.
“This enables our humanitarian partners to move assistance to hard-to-reach areas where people need aid. To date, at the DART’s request, the U.S. military has flown 60 missions and transported more than 663 metric tons of relief supplies. These supplies are food assistance, shelter materials, medical supplies, as well as transporting our DART experts and aid workers to the impacted areas to conduct ongoing assessments,” Sherbenou said.