AfDB Approves US$ 2 million Emergency Humanitarian Assistance to Djibouti, Mozambique, Togo and Zambia

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Tunis, 6 April 2009–The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has approved emergency humanitarian assistance grants of US$ 500,000 each to Djibouti, Mozambique, Togo and Zambia, to enable the countries provide immediate relief to victims of recent natural disasters such as floods and drought.

Djibouti will use the assistance to provide food and other support to 55,000 drought victims in five districts (Arta, Ali Sabieh, Dikhil, Tadjourah and Obock.) as well as 6,000 people at the country’s Ali Addeh refugee camp.

The grant will be used to purchase food for distribution to draught victims and the refugees, as well as school canteens, health centers and for food-for-work and food-for-training programmes. The WFP will be the Executing Agency for this emergency operation.

The assistance to Mozambique will go to support the government’s effort in alleviating the suffering of 250,000 flood and drought affected populations mainly in Zambezia, Tete, Maputo, and Inhambane  The food assistance  of 1,000 tons of maize to be purchased locally, will be channeled through the World Food Programme (WFP) to the affected households whose crops were damaged by the floods and drought and left without means of survival.

The grant to Togo will provide relief to 20,000 people affected by flood in the coastal and plateau regions of the country. It will also help in the reconstruction of damaged buildings and bridges, shelter, telephone lines as well as the provision of medicines, water and transportation, including speedboats.  The assistance to the affected populations in the Maritime regions, the Plateau province and surrounding will be entrusted to the WFP in collaboration with the Ministry of Cooperation, Development Planning or the Ministry in Charge of Social Affairs.

Zambia’s grant will supplement government efforts to alleviate the sufferings of flood-affected people in 19 districts, mainly in the country’s North-western, Western, Eastern, Central and Northern Provinces. The flood affected 274,800 people (45,799 households) with 7,422 households displaced. The Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU), as the mandated wing of government of Zambia, will therefore be entrusted with the implementation of the emergency relief assistance operation.

The US$ 2 million Emergency Humanitarian Assistance will come from the Bank Group’s Special Relief Fund.

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