By Robert Tapfumaneyi
The US government provided an initial contribution of US$100,000 to respond to emergency needs in Zimbabwe following Cyclone Idai that has killed over 200 and left more desperate for assistance.
The money will be used to provide temporary shelter to those who were left homeless.
The contribution, provided through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, will support immediate interventions to deliver safe water, sanitation and hygiene, and shelter in the most affected areas of Manicaland.
“The United States stands with the people of Zimbabwe through the pain and devastation of Cyclone Idai,” Ambassador Brian Nichols said.
“I send sincere condolences to all the people and communities affected.
“The United States’ initial contribution of US$100,000 will provide much needed emergency assistance to those suffering in the aftermath of this disaster.”
USAID allocated US$100,000 in lifesaving support to civil society partner GOAL Zimbabwe to reach 35,000 individuals in cyclone-affected areas of Manicaland Province.
With USAID funding, GOAL will provide temporary shelter to protect families who must now rebuild their homes destroyed by flooding.
GOAL will also supply water purification chemicals and soap to affected households to prevent disease outbreaks.
Torrential rains caused by Tropical Cyclone Idai resulted in significant flooding in Manicaland Province over a week ago with hundreds still reported missing.
In addition, flooding destroyed public infrastructure and property and resulted in massive crop and livestock losses.
Affected populations are also at high risk of waterborne diseases and other health conditions due to water contamination and stagnation.
President Emmerson Mngangwa has since declared it a State of Disaster and requested international assistance to provide relief to those affected and declared Saturday and Sunday days of national mourning.