China, EU join international aid effort for Cyclone Idai victims

Helicopter footage shows flooding and damage after Cyclone Idai in Beira, Mozambique, March 17, 2019 in this still image taken from a social media video on March 18, 2019. International Federation Of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

More organizations are coming on board to provide help to victims of Cyclone Idai which battered Zimbabwe between Friday and Sunday.

The Chinese Embassy and Chinese community in Zimbabwe donated food, purified water and equipment worth 200,000 U.S. dollars to help victims of Idai in the country.

These donations will be sent to the disaster areas in Manicaland Province, Chinese ambassador Guo Shaochun said at the handover ceremony on Wednesday morning.

The United States Embassy announced Wednesday that it was contributing an initial 100,000 dollars through the United States Agency for International Development.

In a tweet, the embassy said it was working with civil society partners to provide safe water, hygiene and sanitation and shelter to Zimbabweans in need.

Zimbabweans from all walks of life, public and private institutions and other international aid organizations are also chipping in to assist the affected.

The European Union (EU) also on Tuesday released 3.5 million Euros in emergency aid to Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe following Cyclone Idai-induced floods that have killed hundreds of people in the three countries.

Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos said in a statement that the funding would be used to provide logistical support to reach affected people, emergency shelter, hygiene, sanitation, and health care.

He said the aid package was based on needs and 2 million Euros would be provided to Mozambique, 1 million Euros to Malawi and 0.5 million Euros to Zimbabwe.

Tanzania on Tuesday airlifted a consignment of drugs while another consignment from the United Arab Emirates was due to arrive in the country Wednesday.

Other African countries that have pledged to help out are South Africa, Namibia and Angola.

The United Kingdom also announced that its Department for International Development staff in Zimbabwe were working with partners to understand what was needed to support humanitarian operations on the ground.

The cyclone-induced floods have left at least 98 people dead, 217 missing and 102 injured in Zimbabwe, amid fears that some bodies could have been swept by the high waters into neighboring Mozambique.

Thousands of people, especially in Chimanimani and Chipinge districts in Manicaland Province, have been left homeless after their houses were destroyed by the cyclone which also damaged roads and bridges.

In Chipinge, another crisis is brewing after water pipes were washed away in the floods leaving residents without potable water.