HARARE-United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) has set aside USD$ 600 000 to help the affected Zimbabweans by Cyclone Idai.
The UK has USD$ 28 million to aid the humanitarian response to affected people by the Cyclone Ida in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique.
In a statement, DFID, the money is aimed at restoring water pipe systems in the affected areas to avoid water borne diseases, safe drinking water to displaced people in Chimanimani and Chipinge , providing hygienic kits and rehabilitate sanitation facilities in most devastated areas to reduce water contamination chances.
“Today’s US$650.000 (£500,000) support will provide critical support to affected people in district which face the risk of water-borne diseases. The funding will help to prevent potential water, sanitation and hygiene-borne disease disasters exacerbating the already devastating impact of the cyclone. The support from today’s allocation will provide basic hygiene kits, including soap, buckets and water purification tablets, safe drinking water to affected people, including those displaced in Chimanimani and Chipinge, by restoring piped water systems and installing tanks; and setup sanitation facilities in key areas to reduce open defecation and minimise the risk of water contamination,” read part of the statement.
DFID Zimbabwe Head of Office, Annabel Gerry, said the UK aid is at the forefront of helping the victims of the Cyclone Idai and it is also ready to give further assistance if needed at any given time.
She said their partners have also helped with essentials including water treatment chemicals, containers for safe water and medical aid to the most affected people.
“UK aid is at the forefront of the humanitarian response to the victims of the Cyclone Idai. Working with our partners, we pre- positioned essential supplies including water treatment chemicals, buckets for clean water and medicines which are already helping provide relief for people who have lost everything. Since the devastating cyclone hit, we have supported efforts to make sure these supplies reach those in need and provided children and young mothers with psychosocial first aid,” she said.
She said DFID will keep on pushing on the assessment of the situation and the UK will intervene if there is a need of help.
“We will continue to asses closely; the UK stands ready to provide further support,” she said