USAID To Give Mozambique $450,000 To Aid With Flooding

Washington DC (U.S. Agency for International Development, February 17, 2000) - U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator J. Brady Anderson today announced the Agency would contribute $450,000 to assist the victims of the flooding in Mozambique.

The additional funds are on top of the $25,000 USAID initially contributed immediately following the floods.

"We're looking into what else we can do to relieve the suffering of those whose lives have been impacted so greatly," said Anderson, speaking at the National Summit on Africa being held this week in Washington.

Of the $450,000, $100,000 will go to support an air bridge for delivery of non-food items to people in flooded areas cut off from other outside assistance, and $300,000 will go to buy sandbags, shovels, wheelbarrows and cooking sets for distribution to approximately 100,000 people. An additional $50,000 will be used to cover the costs of immediate assessment flights to isolated rural areas affected by flooding. These flights will be coordinated through the Mozambique National Institute for Disaster Management's Flood Response Coordination Cell, with logistics arranged by the World Food Program.

Current reports estimate that at least 300,000 people are at serious risk in Mozambique. In addition to food and shelter, one of the main concerns for affected populations is access to safe drinking water and potential outbreaks of cholera or other water-borne diseases.

USAID is the U.S. government agency responsible for worldwide distribution of humanitarian and development assistance.