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The Federal Foreign Office is making available EUR 900,000 for emergency humanitarian relief measures to help flood victims in southern Africa. According to the United Nations, the heavy rains in recent weeks have affected more than one million people.
The Federal Foreign Office is using these funds to support German non-governmental organizations working locally to provide drinking water, food, household equipment and hygiene items as well as emergency medical care to those in need.
The Federal Foreign Office supported 307 projects for humanitarian aid, humanitarian mine clearance as well as disaster prevention all over the world in 2003 to the tune of EUR 71.5 million.
Six countries in southern Africa - Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland - have been hit by the worst food crisis of the last ten years due to crop failures of varying severity. The number of people in need of help will continue to rise until the next harvest in April/May 2003.
The Federal Government is very concerned about the humanitarian situation and the heightening food crisis in southern Africa and Angola.
The Federal Foreign Office has initially made available an additional 1 million euro for southern Africa from humanitarian aid funds. Aid projects worth around 300,000 euro have already been approved from this amount, and German aid organizations represented in the Humanitarian Aid Coordinating Committee of the Federal Foreign Office are preparing further projects.
In the coming months parts of southern Africa will be threatened by the worst food crisis for ten years.