EU Increases Aid after Floods in Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique

The European Commission is giving an additional €5 million in humanitarian assistance to Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique following the floods that ravaged the countries earlier this year.

The aid is aimed at supporting the early recovery process in all three states and comes on top of the €3 million in emergency funding initially released in February.

“The floods that hit Malawi, Mozambique and Malawi a few months ago were devastating for a region that is already extremely fragile. Months later, the local populations are still suffering from the consequences and need our help”, said EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides.

“The aid that we provide today will give much needed relief to the most vulnerable and help them rebuild their lives.”

The new funding will help respond to the primary needs in the countries, such as food security, agricultural recovery, rehabilitation of shelter and vital infrastructure, water and sanitation, as well as primary health and epidemics prevention.

Background

The Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region is prone to recurrent natural disasters such as cyclones, floods and droughts.

The heavy rains and tropical storms since December 2014 have been the worst in 30 years. They have led to severe flooding across the region, affecting more than 1.5 million people, causing the displacement of approximately 430 000 and the destruction of vital infrastructure as well as the loss of crops and livestock. The floods also provoked a surge of diseases and notably a cholera outbreak, which has so far infected thousands of people, killing hundreds.

The most affected countries – Malawi, Madagascar and Mozambique – are among the poorest in the world and rank 155, 174 and 178, respectively, out of 186 countries in the 2014 Human Development Index..

The European Commission is one of the largest donors of humanitarian aid to the Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region. Since 2012, it has supported the region with over €56 million, of which almost a third (28%) has been used for disaster preparedness.

Ankasina evacuation centre in Antananarivo, Madagascar, run by the local Red Cross, with the support of the European Commission Humanitarian And and Civil Protection (ECHO). Floods have polluted water sources making access to clean drinking water a major need. Photo credit: EU/ECHO/Maria Olsen
Ankasina evacuation centre in Antananarivo, Madagascar, run by the local Red Cross, with the support of the European Commission Humanitarian And and Civil Protection (ECHO). Floods have polluted water sources making access to clean drinking water a major need. Photo credit: EU/ECHO/Maria Olsen