Bringing an important African dimension to support the efforts of the international community in these countries, the ADB President said that the Bank will look forward to assisting them through its emergency relief fund and was sending special missions to make on the spot assessments of the extent of damages they have suffered and the needs of their distressed people.
The ADB missions will pay particular attention to damages caused to essential services and facilities in agricultural, social sectors, public utilities and infrastructures. They will also liaise with other donors and disaster assessment task forces. Based on the reports and recommendations of the missions, the ADB Board will decide on the nature and level of emergency relief assistance the Bank will extend to Madagascar, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
The ADB has a Special Emergency Relief Fund from which quick disbursing assistance can be provided to a member country in times of natural disasters such as cyclone or flood situations. The Bank will also assist, beyond emergency relief assistance, in the post-catastrophe rehabilitation process.
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