UN calls for investment as Cyclones Idai recovery needs over 4 bln USD

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-24 22:18:12|Editor: xuxin
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ADDIS ABABA, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Over 4 billion U.S. dollars is needed to help Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe recover from the devastating effects of Cyclones Idai that hit the three southern African nations earlier this year, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) revealed on Thursday.

Out of the 4 billion U.S. dollars needed, Mozambique, which suffered the most from the two cyclones, needs 3.2 billion U.S. dollars for its reconstruction efforts while Malawi requires 370 million U.S. dollars and Zimbabwe between 600 and 700 million U.S. dollars, the ECA said in a statement issued on Thursday.

The ECA, in partnership with its international partners, is currently convening a planning workshop for climate resilient investment in reconstruction and development in the cyclone affected regions of Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe post the devastating tropical Cyclone Idai and Kenneth.

According to the ECA, representatives from the three countries also stressed that "they had not been able to attract enough financial support to rebuild lives and fast track early recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction after Cyclones Idai and Kenneth."

Mozambique was affected by the two cyclones while Zimbabwe and Malawi suffered the brunt of Idai. Cyclone Idai and Kenneth hit Mozambique between March and April 2019, killing hundreds of people and leaving over 1.8 million homeless and without basic necessities and infrastructure.

Cyclone Idai also caused significant flooding, damage and destruction of homes, resulting in numerous deaths in southern Malawi as well as in eastern Zimbabwe.

Meliqiniso Sibanda, Principal Administrative Officer at Zimbabwe's Civil Protection Department, also said during the planning workshop that some internally displaced people in the regions affected by Cyclone Idai are still living in camps with her ministry still to review housing proposals meant for the area.

"The designs are there now but yet to reach us at head office. So we have not reviewed them to see if they are resilient enough," Sibanda said.

She also noted that the Chinese government had pledged to build roads in the area but engineers from the ministry were yet still to also review their designs before they can proceed.

The planning workshop, which is being held under the theme "Building Back Better," the countries shared first hand experiences of the impacts, lessons learnt and why they think they happened.

James Murombedzi, Chief of the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) at the ECA, said the overall objective of the workshop was to initiate a series of initiatives to support the integration of climate information services and climate change considerations into resilience building in climate sensitive sectors of the economies of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

A regional actionable program document that enhances capacity and resilience in the SADC member countries against the impact of weather and climate risks and disasters is expected to be the main outcome of the workshop, it was noted.

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