HARARE-The Government of United States of America (USA) has extended its contribution of US$2.5 million to support the humanitarian relief program towards the affected people by Cyclone Idai which hit eastern Zimbabwe some few weeks.
In a statement, the US embassy in Harare said the aid was provided to support the victims of Cyclone Idai with immediate food needs in the most affected areas of the Manicaland province.
The food aid program will be channelled through the World Food Program (WFP) which will provide food from USAID’s warehouse in South Africa to approximately one hundred and thirty three thousand affected people in eastern Zimbabwe and the contribution will include vegetable oils and cereals.
“The United States Government has provided an additional contribution of US$2.5 million to respond to the emergency needs in Zimbabwe following the Cyclone Idai.
“USAID will work through the World Food Program (WFP) to provide immediate food assistance to approximately 133,000 individuals affected by the cyclone in Chimanimani and Chipinge districts.
“The contribution includes more than 2,00 metric tonnes of U.S. in-kind sorghum, vegetable oil, and fortified cereals that were prepositioned from USAID’s warehouse in Durban, South Africa,” the statement reads.
The U.S Ambassador Brian Nichols said the aid from the US will assist the victims of the destructive extreme rains of Cyclone Idai.
“The humanitarian assistance from USAID will save lives and alleviate suffering as people rebuild following the tragedy of Cyclone Idai,” he said.
The US support towards the victims of the cyclone in Southern Africa has now reached approximately $10 million which include $100 000 contributed to clean water supply, sanitary and shelter to six thousand and four hundred affected people.
“The U.S Government has provided nearly $10 million in humanitarian assistance in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi who have been affected by Cyclone Idai.
“This includes $US 100,000 for GOAl Zimbabwe to support water, sanitation, hygiene, and shelter for 36, 400 individuals in cyclone affected areas of Manicaland Province,” the statement reads.
This contribution by the USAID has come at the point when most of the families have been left desperate and vulnerable as all their belongings were swept away by the extreme rains of Cyclone Idai which has left large tracts of destruction in eastern Zimbabwe.