Mozambique – Humanitarian assistance
Excerpts from the daily press briefing by Agnès Von Der Mühll, French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs spokeswoman (Paris, March 27, 2019).
Cyclone Idai struck the city of Beira and the regions of Sofala, Zambezia, Manica and Tete during the night of March 14 to 15, resulting in severe losses in terms of lives and property.
France immediately mobilized its efforts to provide assistance to the local population and the Mozambican authorities:
1/ A plane chartered by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs’ Crisis and Support Center (CDCS) is leaving France on March 27 as part of the Action Humanitaire France mission carried out with NGOs and the foundations of partner companies. This will allow the delivery of:
65 tons of humanitarian cargo notably consisting of tents, tarps, solar lamps and water purification tablets as well as rain ponchos from the Crisis and Support Center’s stockpile of emergency supplies;
water purification units from the Veolia Foundation and the Aquassistance Foundation (international solidarity association of employees of the SUEZ Group);
electrical equipment from Electriciens Sans Frontières (Electricians without Borders);
tents and tarps from Emergency Architects, SOS Attitude and Plan international;
medical kits from the Tulipe association and Médecins du Monde (Doctors of the World);
shelter and hygiene kits from Solidarités International;
orthopedic devices from Humanity & Inclusion;
a kit to organize the distribution of assistance from the French Red Cross.
2/ In addition, under the coordination of the CDCS:
two other Aquassistance - Suez Foundation water purification stations located in Reunion and Mayotte will be sent to Mozambique;
the Airbus Foundation has made helicopter flight hours available in order to allow aerial reconnaissance of the affected regions.
This second delivery of humanitarian assistance follows an initial delivery of emergency humanitarian assistance from stockpiles belonging to the Indian Ocean Regional Intervention Platform (PIROI) in Reunion, funded and sent on March 20 by the CDCS in collaboration with the French Red Cross. In addition, the CDCS has coordinated with the Ministry of the Armed Forces to provide maritime and air assets in order to deliver additional humanitarian assistance from PIROI stockpiles in Reunion and Mayotte.
3/ The Embassy of France in Maputo is liaising with the local authorities and is overseeing the reception of this humanitarian assistance.
The CDCS is coordinating the responses to address the needs of the affected populations together with the ministries, private partners, corporate foundations and NGOs mobilized within the framework of the European Mechanism for Civil Protection following the appeal for international assistance by Mozambique on March 20, 2019.