Cyclone Idai – Germany provides humanitarian assistance

Aerial view of the flooded city of Beira

Aerial view of the flooded city of Beira, © IFRC/CVM FACT team

20.03.2019 - Article

The cyclone Idai has caused severe damage in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Germany has made available one million euros for emergency aid in the Region.

Severe flooding, widespread devastation

With wind of up to 190 km/h, tropical storm Idai has caused severe damage in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Accompanied by heavy rain, Idai hit land last week near Beira, Mozambique’s second largest city, and moved from there to Zimbabwe. Rivers overflowed their banks, and hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by flooding and widespread devastation. 

To date, the storm has claimed more than 200 lives, and at least as many people are still missing. According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 90 percent of the city of Beira has been damaged or destroyed. Communication on the ground is limited, and access to the affected areas is impossible in many cases. The full extent of the disaster is not yet clear. 

Emergency aid to the tune of one million euros

Germany is supporting both the flood victims and emergency measures in the region – the Federal Government has made available one million euros in emergency aid. 

In 2019, Germany has so far earmarked 4.3 million euros in funding for humanitarian assistance measures in southern Africa. The funds now pledged are to be used to meet the most urgent humanitarian requirements.

Forward-looking humanitarian assistance

Moreover, the Federal Foreign Office is promoting projects run by the German Red Cross in the region providing forward-looking humanitarian assistance and forecast-based financing. This made it possible to second experts and volunteers from the Red Cross, procure essential aid supplies and have them delivered in an extremely short time to the disaster region before the cyclone hit. 

Furthermore, the population received early warning of the danger. Forecast-based financing can save lives and reduce the impact of natural disasters. Thanks to Federal Foreign Office funding, the approach has been successfully tested in other disaster-prone regions and will be extended further. 



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