According to a statement issued by SADC secretariat, the move follows a devastating Tropical Cyclone IDAI, which has affected an estimated 3 million people in three of the Member States of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region—Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The three SADC Member States have declared national disasters and requested immediate international support.
“In light of this situation, the SADC Chairperson, Dr Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia will on Thursday, 11th April 2019, launch a Regional Appeal for Humanitarian Assistance in response to Tropical Cyclone IDAI in Windhoek,” the statement reads in part.
The Regional Appeal, which fully builds on the requests for assistance made by the three affected countries, will be a formal regional request to the international community to provide assistance to affected Member States who require immediate humanitarian assistance, including food, shelter, clothing, potable water, sanitation and medical support, considering the occurrence for cholera and other diarrhea infections, malaria and water borne and water related diseases.
The support will also aid in early recovery actions in the affected districts, thereby helping to them to rebuild their lives, livelihoods and economies.
Intense Tropical Cyclone Idai was one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere.
The long-lived storm caused catastrophic damage in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, leaving more than 1,000 people dead and thousands more missing. Idai is the second-deadliest tropical cyclone recorded in the South-West Indian Ocean basin, behind only the 1892 Mauritius cyclone. In the Southern Hemisphere, it currently ranks as the third-deadliest tropical cyclone on record, behind the aforementioned 1892 Mauritius cyclone and the 1973 Flores cyclone.