Zim Launches US$ 621 million Cyclone Idai Appeal

ZIMBABWE has published its Tropical Cyclone Idai International Humanitarian Appeal plan which requires a total of US$621 million to assist the Cyclone Idai distressed areas.

By Kudakwashe Pembere

In the plan signed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the areas need US$51 million to deal with Water Sanitation and Hygiene issues.

“The massive flooding left a trail of destruction on water supply which crippled access to sources of safe water. The damages include submerged and washed away pumping systems and water reticulation networks.

“Priority actions in this area include rehabilitation, upgrading and construction of strategic water points with focus at maximizing the use of perennial water sources to cover the needs of institutions (schools and health centres) and vulnerable communities.

“There will also be need for development and implementation of waste management plants, hygiene promotion and water quality monitoring. The total Water Sanitation and Hygiene requirement amounts to US$51 million,” read part of the document.

With survivors and health workers traumatized by the Cyclone, Government says US$20 million is wanted for psychosocial support.

“Due to the cyclone induced vulnerability, there is need for the affected to be protected from gender based violence, family separation, exposure of violence to children, exploitation and abuse.

“While further assessments maybe needed, social services in those areas will need support to ensure swift identification of women and children in need of assistance and protection.

“A total of US$20 million is therefore required to cover establishing one stop centres for victims of gender based violence, foster care arrangements, children’s places of safety, safe shelters, disability sensitive arrangements, women sanitary wear and provision of psychosocial support.

“The amount also covers livelihood support mechanisms to older persons and people living with disabilities,” said the Government.

For food items meant to feed the distressed people for a period of one year, US$292 million is needed.

An emergency requirement of US$75 million is needed for tents, schools, health facilities, non food items and other social amenities.

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