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Why Zimbabwe’s humanitarian assistance needs have hit US$60 million

Staff Reporter

HARARE – The Zimbabwean government and the United Nations community have launched a revised Humanitarian Flash Appeal to include response to Cyclone Idai, requesting for an additional USD 60 million.

This brings to USD294 million the total amount required by humanitarian partners to complement national response efforts to drought, economic challenges and Cyclone Idai.

UN Resident coordinator Bishow Parajuli said Cyclone Idai had left more people vulnerable.

“The United Nations, in response to Government’s request, launched a Humanitarian Flash Appeal recently requesting for USD 234million 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,” said Parajuli during the launch of the appeal in the capital Harare Friday.

“Cyclone Idai has left an additional 270,000 people extremely vulnerable, bringing the total number of people targeted for humanitarian assistance by the UN and humanitarian partners to 2.47 million people with USD 294 million resources required. The Flash Appeal will continue to target the Cyclone Idai victims, hardest-hit districts, which were prioritised based on information and data available while a humanitarian cluster needs assessment is underway.”

He reiterated the commitment of the humanitarian community and called for an urgent response to the revised humanitarian flash appeal in order to meet various immediate needs, including food, water, shelter, health and nutrition, education, protection, logistics and early recovery needs.

In response to the recent findings by the Zimbabwe Vulnerable Assessment Committee, that over 5 million people would be food insecure in 2019, Permanent Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Ms Constance Chigwamba, said focus should not only be to cyclone Idai, but also spread to the drought-affected population.

“Our focus should not only be on the response to Cyclone Idai but also to the drought affected population.” said Chigwamba

The revised Humanitarian Flash Appeal aims to respond to the rising humanitarian needs of people, caused by a dry spell, challenging economic situation and the recent Cyclone Idai disaster in the eastern highlands part of the country.

According to the UN Financial Tracking System (FTS) the funding for drought response stands at USD 25.5 million, representing 11% of the total requirement.  For Cyclone Idai, total funding received so far amounts to USD 5.4 million.

Several additional pledges have been made by humanitarian partners and UN said the FTS would update the response level going forward.

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