Reprieve For Cyclone Idai Victims As Japan Avails USD$96 000 Support Package

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The Government of Japan has released USD 96,054 to further support communities in Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe, affected by the dual natural disasters of Cyclone Idai and drought.

This project will be implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in close collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing; the District Civil Protection Committees; and local authorities within the province.

It will complement the Japan-funded Shelter Emergency Response Project to assist the victims of Cyclone Idai, which was carried out from April to October 2019.

This project seeks to improve the lives and strengthen the resilience of the communities affected by the cyclone and drought. It will allow the construction of transitional shelters for 50 households (approximately 250 individuals) with the most critical needs in Chimanimani district.

Additionally, training will be provided on the construction of more resilient and better quality shelters to local builders.

And the assistance will allow further cluster coordination support, enabling partners to improve their targeting and delivery of shelter-related activities for an additional 2,000 displaced households (approximately 10,000 individuals).

The Ambassador of Japan to Zimbabwe, H.E. Mr. Toshiyuki Iwado, said that, “While Cyclone Idai occurred over a year ago, many of the victims whose homes were destroyed still do not have suitable shelters. It is my hope that this assistance will provide some of them with suitable homes so that they can begin to rebuild their lives, while also building their resilience so that they will be better able to cope with natural disasters in the future”.

IOM Zimbabwe Chief of Mission, Mario Lito Malanca welcomed the timely support, saying that, “This assistance from the Government of Japan is key to supporting IOM Zimbabwe relief operations that are responding to the emergency needs of people affected by Cyclone Idai and the drought”.

Baseline assessments done by IOM Zimbabwe’s Displacement Tracking team in eight of the most affected districts in Manicaland and Masvingo provinces show that 47,580 houses were damaged by the cyclone.

The majority of internally displaced persons (IDPs) whose homes were destroyed are living in host communities, while 830 are still residing in camps. In all the wards that were assessed, food and shelter were identified as the main needs.

“IOM Zimbabwe, working closely with the Government of Zimbabwe and its partners, will continue to respond to the affected communities by providing emergency shelter and non-food items (NFIs). The Government of Japan has been consistent in supporting these emergency efforts since March 2019 when the cyclone hit Zimbabwe, leaving 50,905 individuals displaced,” Malanca said.

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