The European Commission is currently mobilizing an additional €10 million for humanitarian assistance in Mozambique. This assistance will be for those still from the tropical cyclones that hit the country earlier this year.
Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management. in a statement said, “tropical cyclones Idai and Kenneth left a trail of destruction that is still being felt by the most vulnerable in Mozambique. The EU is reinforcing humanitarian support to deliver emergency food aid and health care. We will also step up support for communities to be better prepared for future natural disasters. We are committed to supporting Mozambique for as long as it takes.”
The new humanitarian aid package will increase funding for emergency food aid and nutritional support, health care and disaster preparedness
Earlier in the year, the EU had already allocated €11 million aid packages for disaster relief in the immediate aftermath of the tropical cyclones as well as for preparedness measures.
In addition, the EU activated its Civil Protection Mechanism which saw EU Members sending over 60,000 relief items, search and rescue teams, communications support, medical services and water treatment, and a coordination support team of EU experts. The European Union financed 75% of the transport costs of these teams and equipment, amounting to more than €4 million
The EU has also pledged to provide longer term support for reconstruction of affected areas. At the International Donors Pledging Conference held in Beira, Mozambique, on 30 May and 01 June 2019, the European Union pledged €200 million in recovery support for Mozambique. They also pledged to help the country strengthen its resilience and preparedness for natural disasters. From this amount, €100 million will come from the European Development Fund, while the remaining €100 million will be available in loans through the European Investment Bank.
Culled from europa.eu