SADC to launch regional appeal for humanitarian assistance for cyclone Idai victims

09 Apr 2019 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 09 APR (NAMPA) – Southern African Development Community (SADC) Chairperson Hage Geingob will on Thursday launch a regional appeal for humanitarian assistance for the millions of people affected by tropical cyclone Idai last month.
The regional appeal for assistance for Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi will constitute a formal request to the international community to provide assistance to the estimated three million victims of the cyclone.
A statement issued by the SADC Secretariat on Monday said the immediate humanitarian assistance will amongst others include food, shelter, clothing, potable water, sanitation and medical support.
“The support will also aid in early recovery actions in the affected districts, thereby helping them to rebuild their lives, livelihoods and economies,” it said.
Idai made landfall in the three countries in mid-March. More than 1 000 people died, 2.8 million were affected and more than 50 000 houses were destroyed.