UK to provide extra £12 million in UK aid for survivors of Cyclone Idai

Content provided by APO Group. CNBC Africa provides content from APO Group as a service to its readers, but does not edit the articles it publishes. CNBC Africa is not responsible for the content provided by APO Group.

Download logo

Yesterday, over 7,500 emergency shelter kits and 100 family tents, all funded by UK aid, arrived in Mozambique for onward distribution to families who have had to flee their homes; Today’s package takes the UK’s total support to help the victims of the cyclone to £18 million.

There are images and videos of UK aid arriving in Maputo yesterday (20 March) available here. We only released this footage this afternoon. Please credit “Department for International Development” if used. For bids or interview requests, please call the DFID Press Office on 0207 023 0600.

The UK is to provide an extra £12 million of support, including food, water and shelter, to the survivors of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt announced the new funding today (Wednesday) – taking the UK’s additional support for victims of the cyclone to £18 million.

Yesterday, over 7,500 emergency shelter kits and 100 family tents, all funded by UK aid, arrived in Mozambique for onward distribution to families who have had to flee their homes.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said:

“I’ve been extremely moved by the images I’ve seen of this devastating cyclone which has caused misery for millions of people across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. This is, undoubtedly, one of the biggest natural disasters to ever hit the region, and our thoughts remain firmly with the victims of this cyclone.”

“Today’s UK aid package is a sign of the UK’s commitment to do all we can to make sure those in desperate need of humanitarian relief have access to life-saving essentials, including food, water and shelter.”

“The UK was one of the first countries to respond to this disaster. We are keeping the situation under close review.”

UK aid will be used to help meet immediate needs on the ground across the countries affected, including:

making sure families have access to clean water to drink and wash, which will also help to stop the spread of deadly diseases providing food and food vouchers to those affected ensuring that those that have been left homeless are able to access safe shelter.

Speaking from Maputo, Head of DFID Mozambique Cate Turton said:

“This is one of the biggest humanitarian disasters that this region has ever faced, and we’re doing all that we can to get aid to those desperately in need.”

“Our absolutely priority at the moment is to get food, water and other critical supplies to affected communities, many of which are cut off because of damage to roads and infrastructure.”

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Department for International Development (DFID).

Related Content

Coronavirus – Africa: European Union (EU) Emergency Trust Fund for Africa – New assistance package to support vulnerable groups and address COVID-19 in North...

Download logoToday, as part of the EU's global response to the coronavirus outbreak, the EU - through its Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) - has adopted a new assistance package to protect migrants, stabilise local communities and respond to COVID-19 in North Africa. This package includes €80 million in new funds as well as €30 million reallocated from non-contracted actions under the EUTF. In line with the Joint Communication on the global EU response to COVID-19, th

Coke The Secret Formula EP2: Highlights Special

In this second episode Asanda travels to the Kingdom of Eswatini to investigate what Project Last Mile is doing to help educate young girls and women about their personal health, HIV and teenage pregnancy. It's a poignant journey into the soul of a kingdom striving to fight new infections and deal with health issues head on....

Coronavirus – Gambia: Daily Case Update as of 2nd July 2020

Active cases: 26 New cases: 6 New tests: 30 Total confirmed: 55 Recovered: 27 Deaths: 2Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, The Gambia.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Nigeria: 626 new cases of COVID-19 Nigeria

626 new cases of COVID-19 Nigeria; Lagos-193 FCT-85 Oyo-41 Edo-38 Kwara-34 Abia-31 Ogun-29 Ondo-28 Rivers-26 Osun-21 Akwa Ibom-18 Delta-18 Enugu-15 Kaduna-13 Plateau-11 Borno-8 Bauchi-7 Adamawa-5 Gombe-4 Sokoto-1 27,110 confirmed 10,801 discharged 616 deaths   Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).Media filesDownload logo

Subscribe to our newsletter

Sign up for free newsletters and get more CNBC AFRICA delivered to your inbox

More from CNBC Africa

South Africa records first current account surplus in 17 years

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa recorded its first current account surplus in 17 years in the first quarter of 2020 as the...

SAA administrators aim to publish revised plan on July 7

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Administrators at South African Airways (SAA) aim to publish a revised restructuring plan on July 7 incorporating some ideas...

The Rise Of Twitter

Twitter was born in 2006 out of the remnants of a failed San Francisco Internet radio startup. Since then, it’s become a megaphone for the president, a tool for social change and a running log for recording our global history. Twitter has removed

UK PM Johnson says statue of colonialist Rhodes should not fall

It would, he said, be like “trying to bowdlerise or edit our history ... like some politician sneakily trying to change his Wikipedia entry,” the Standard reported.

Partner Content

Sanlam launches urgent job-preservation initiative in response to COVID-19

Sanlam Investments is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic through large-scale support of the recovery of South African companies, from small enterprises to...

Is Market Volatility Here For The Foreseeable Future?

Content provided by CompareForexBrokers Prior to understanding why market volatility might be here to stay for the foreseeable future,...

Trending Now

South African rand opens stronger after positive data

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s rand opened stronger on Friday and was on course for gains of roughly 2% against the dollar...

Pirates kidnap nine in attack on vessel off Nigeria, says ship owner

OSLO (Reuters) - Pirates attacked an oil production vessel off Nigeria in the early hours of Thursday and kidnapped nine Nigerian nationals,...

Coke The Secret Formula EP2: Highlights Special

In this second episode Asanda travels to the Kingdom of Eswatini to investigate what Project Last Mile is doing to help educate young girls and women about their personal health, HIV and teenage pregnancy. It's a poignant journey into the soul of a kingdom striving to fight new infections and deal with health issues head on....

Tesla stock hits record high and smashes Wall Street expectations: CNBC After Hours

CNBC.com's MacKenzie Sigalos brings you the day's top business news headlines. On today's show, CNBC's Phil Lebeau breaks down the latest delivery numbers from Tesla and outlines the company's monster week on Wall Street. Also, CNBC's Meg Tirrell dig
- Advertisement -