U.S. Government Response to Cyclone Idai
WINDHOEK, APRIL 17 – The U.S. Embassy notes President Geingob’s Appeal for Humanitarian Assistance in response to Tropical Cyclone Idai, and welcomes President Geingob’s initiative as SADC Chairperson in responding to this disaster.
The United States offers its heartfelt sympathies to the people in Mozambique, Malawi, and
Zimbabwe affected by Cyclone Idai. To date, the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for
International Development (USAID) and the Department of Defense (DOD), has provided more than
US$58 million (N$812 million) to help meet the immediate needs of people affected by this disaster.
As of April 9, Tropical Cyclone Idai had resulted in at least 602 deaths in Mozambique and 344 in
Zimbabwe with an estimated 1.85 million people in need of assistance in Mozambique alone. In addition,
the number of homes damaged or destroyed by the cyclone has increased to more than 239,700 with an
estimated 1.85 million people in need of assistance.
On March 20, USAID deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to Mozambique to assess
damage, identify priority needs, and work closely with partners to provide critical assistance to people in
Mozambique. This elite team from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance is comprised of
logisticians, and food security, shelter, health, and water, sanitation, and hygiene experts.
During an April 9 telephonic press briefing, USAID Cyclone Idai DART Team Leader, Angela
Sherbenou, said, “The U.S. military’s help ensures that relief supplies get on the ground, and this enables
our humanitarian partners to move assistance to hard-to-reach areas where people need aid. To date, at the
DART’s request, the U.S. military has flown 60 missions and transported more than 663 metric tons of
relief supplies. These supplies are food assistance, shelter materials, medical supplies, as well as
transporting our DART experts and aid workers to the impacted areas to conduct ongoing assessments.” – U.S. Embassy