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U.N. Allocates $20M In Emergency Funding For Cyclone Idai Disaster In Southeast Africa; Others Pledge Assistance

Associated Press: ‘There is death all over’: Cyclone Idai toll rises above 300
“Mozambique began three days of national mourning on Wednesday for more than 200 victims of Cyclone Idai, while the death toll in neighboring Zimbabwe rose to more than 100 from one of the most destructive storms to strike southern Africa in decades…” (Mutsaka, 3/20).

U.N. News: U.N. allocates $20 million in emergency funding, as Cyclone Idai disaster unfolds
“As the full scale of the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai in South-East Africa continues to be assessed, the U.N. and humanitarian partners are ramping up the provision of emergency food, shelter, water, and health care supplies to hundreds-of-thousands who have been affected across Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. The U.N.’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated $20 million on Wednesday to ensure aid reaches those most affected…” (3/20).

Washington Post: ‘It was too late’: Hundreds are dead as rescue efforts stall in Mozambique and Zimbabwe
“…The European Union said it was releasing $3.9 million in emergency aid, while Britain has pledged $7.9 million. The United Arab Emirates announced that it was sending about $5 million in emergency aid including food supplies, supplements for children, medicine and shelter supplies for 600,000 people across Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. It said it would also send Red Crescent delegations to assess the situation on the ground ‘so that further assistance plans’ can be implemented. Three Indian navy ships also diverted to Beira, arriving Tuesday and distributing food, medicine, clothing, and water. The Indian navy said it was assisting with evacuations…” (Chitagu et al., 3/20).

Washington Post: Thousands still need rescuing as aid agencies struggle with cyclone aftermath in Mozambique
“…For now the aid agencies and local authorities struggling to help people are woefully underequipped with just two U.N. helicopters that arrived from Uganda and South Africa and one cargo aircraft. There is also an urgent need for flat-bottomed boats to venture out into the flooded areas to find people…” (Bearak, 3/21).