Home » General » Written question – Emergency aid for Mozambique and other countries affected by Cyclone Idai – E-001412/2019

Cyclone Idai has caused wholesale destruction in Mozambique.

President Filipe Nyusi confirmed in Maputo yesterday that the death toll in the provinces of Manica and Sofala could reach more than a thousand people and said that the country was ‘experiencing a major and genuine humanitarian disaster’. A large part of the city of Beira may have been destroyed.

What is more, the Tete region of Mozambique recently suffered severe flooding.

Malawi and Zimbabwe were affected by Idai and have reported fatalities, destroyed crops, damage to a wide range of infrastructure and cut-off populations.

Has the Council discussed this issue, and is it is willing to support the mobilisation of aid for the countries and populations affected, in particular by means of:

Humanitarian or other aid — particularly supplies of rescue equipment, food and medical assistance and help to get infrastructure up and running again and to restore the production potential of affected areas — which could be mobilised urgently to reach the populations affected by this natural disaster;

Increasing development aid funding, particularly the via European Development Fund;

Advocating discussions in the relevant international forums on measures such as cancelling these countries’ debt.

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