SADC needs over N.dollars 4 billion for cyclone Idai affected countries

11 Apr 2019 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 11 APR (NAMPA) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region plans to raise US.dollars 323 million (approximately N.dollars N.dollars 4.5 billion) to support member states affected by tropical cyclone Idai.
This was announced by SADC Chairperson Hage Geingob in Windhoek on Thursday when he launched the SADC regional humanitarian appeal to support Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, where nearly three million people are affected and 839 lives were lost.
Geingob appealed to the international community to assist the three countries, saying the region would need over N.dollars 4.5 billion for the provision of basic services, particularly for more than 300 existing accommodation camps.
“The funds will also be used for the protection of human dignity, provision of access to adequate health nutrition services and promoting early recovery actions,” said Geingob, who is also president of Namibia.
He said due to the severe impact of the cyclone in March, the three affected member states have declared national humanitarian disasters .
The SADC chairperson said the region has proposed five strategic objectives for the short and mid-term interventions, which include saving lives and the provision of basic services, the protection of human dignity, provision of access to adequate health and nutrition services, promoting early recovery actions and strengthening coordination capacity at national and regional level.
“For the region to do all this, it needs approximately N.dollars 4 557 530 000 to assist everyone affected,” he said.
Geingob appealed to other countries to assist through national disaster management offices in collaboration with regional United Nations agencies and other relevant partners.