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USAID Provides New Support for Flood Relief Operations in Southern Africa

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WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Agency for International Development Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) provided on March 23 a second grant to AirServ for additional air and transport support for relief operations in Mozambique in the amount of $2,000,000. This augments previous funding of $1,000,000. In addition, USAID/OFDA responded to a UN World Food Program (WFP) appeal for an additional $1,000,000 to provide transport and relief operations support, augmenting an earlier grant of $450,000. USAID funding of transport operations alone totals $4.4 million, including 14 chartered aircraft. Both WFP and Airserv will operate a mixed fleet of fixed-wing and helicopter assets for approximately one month. These air transport activities are essential to USAID's strategy to stabilize displaced populations.

USAID/OFDA also provided on March 23 an additional $351,216 to World Vision to support a seeds and tools and water-sanitation program targeting 10,000 people in the flood-hit province of Sofala located in central Mozambique. World Vision's objective is to work closely with other agencies operating in Mozambique to provide food and support to those who have been worst affected. Relief assistance includes the distribution of food and survival kits (cooking utensils and shelter material), medical support, a package of seeds and hand tools, and technical support. The grant also will assist the return of the flood-affected farming population to their original homes and farms and will provide the seeds and tools to enable at least some agricultural production this winter season.

Finally, on March 23, USAID/OFDA responded to a WFP appeal for emergency transport operations in Madagascar with a grant of $400,050 to provide helicopter delivery of relief supplies to isolated communities.

USAID has provided $17.3 million in response to the flood crisis in the southern Africa region.

USAID is the U.S. government agency responsible for implementing humanitarian and development programs around the world.

Contact: Catherine Stearns