Government of Ireland supports UNICEF in humanitarian intervention after Dineo cyclone

Government of Ireland supports UNICEF in humanitarian intervention after Dineo cyclone

A contribution of € 200,000 for emergency repairs to restore critical education, health, water and sanitation services for the population of Inhambane Province, in Mozambique, following the devastating cyclone Dineo on February 15th 2017.

Claudio Fauvrelle
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Maputo – In response to the appeal by Mozambican authorities, namely the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC), the Government of Ireland, through the Embassy of Ireland in Mozambique, is funding a €200,000 emergency contribution through UNICEF to respond to priorities identified in the Inhambane Provincial Response Plan to Cyclone Dineo.

Cyclone Dineo has demonstrated how vulnerable Mozambique is to natural disasters. However we must now help people rebuild their lives and develop resilience to future events.

The provincial authorities of Inhambane, reported that the cyclone affected about 550,691 people (112,513 families) of which 7,651 families were considered most vulnerable. As regards infrastructure, 70 health units including 52 maternity wards as well as 2,200 classrooms were badly affected with Massinga, Morrumbene, Maxixe and Inhambane city the most affected locations.

In line with the humanitarian needs, the response to date provided by the Government of Mozambique with support of the Humanitarian Country Team has include: the provision of tents and supplies for maternity services in affected health centers, the provision of fuel for emergency water pumping, the provision of food and shelter kits for the most vulnerable people as well as food for work/assets for road cleaning/debris removal and the provision of school tents, supplies and learner kits.

The Irish support,  over the next six months, is aimed at achieving the following results:

a) Access to learning restored for 2,000 children after repair of 20 classrooms with resilient roofing in Inhambane.

b) Access to safe water restored for 25,000 residents in selected suburbs of Maxixe and Inhambane towns after emergency repairs of 2 targeted water systems.

c) Access to basic health services restored for selected health centres in the most affected districts in the Province.

The Irish Ambassador to Mozambique, William Carlos said ‘Cyclone Dineo has demonstrated how vulnerable Mozambique is to natural disasters. However we must now help people rebuild their lives and develop resilience to future events’.

This intervention is part of the Flash Appeal recently issued by the United Nations in response to Dineo cyclone, aimed at mobilizing $US 10.2 million and at targeting 150,000 people during the next 6 months.

For more information, please contact:

Claudio Fauvrelle
Tel +258 21 481 100
email: cfauvrelle@unicef.org

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