U.N. appeals for an additional $60m in response to Cyclone Idai

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The United Nations, donors and Non-Governmental Organizations convened today in Harare to launch a revised Humanitarian Flash Appeal to include response to Cyclone Idai requesting for an additional USD 60 million.

Launching the revised humanitarian flash appeal, UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Bishow Parajuli said, “The United Nations, in response to Government’s request, launched a Humanitarian Flash Appeal recently requesting for USD 234 million to address the emergency needs of 2.2 million people as a result of economic challenges and drought in urban and rural areas of the country. ‘’

Noting the recent findings by the Zimbabwe Vulnerable Assessment Committee that over 5 million people will be food insecure in 2019, Permanent Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet Ms Constance Chigwamba said, “our focus should not only be on the response to Cyclone Idai but also to the drought affected population.”

According to the UN Financial Tracking System (FTS) the funding for the drought response stands at USD 25.5 million representing 11% of the total requirement. For Cyclone Idai the total funding received so far amounts to USD 5.4 million. Several additional pledges have been made by humanitarian partners and the FTS will update the response level going forward.

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