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Netherlands funds to support cyclone-affected children

Maputo, 22 March 2007 – In support of the emergency response efforts in Mozambique, UNICEF Netherlands has donated € 300,000 to help children and women affected by tropical cyclone Favio.

Shortly after the floods which displaced more than 163,000 people in four provinces, tropical cyclone Favio hit several coastal towns and increased the vulnerability of a growing number of children in the province of Inhambane. The strong winds damaged about 130,000 homes, 18 health facilities and more than a hundred schools.

UNICEF provided roofing materials, family kits, jerry cans and buckets in the districts of Vilanculos, Inhassoro and Govuro. UNICEF also responded with the provision of zinc sheets for 69 schools, tents to serve as temporary learning spaces for 16 schools, school kits and recreation kits to affected districts.

“UNICEF support was critical to ensure that despite the impact of the cyclone and floods, children can still go to school and have access to drinking water, adequate sanitation and basic health services,” said UNICEF Representative Leila Pakkala.

With the rehabilitation phase underway, the priority needs include basic supplies for families – in terms of housing materials and basic household items – and the rehabilitation of education and health facilities damaged or destroyed by the cyclone.

“The Netherlands funding will make a difference on the well-being of affected children and their families. It will help our efforts to ensure that basic services are reinstalled in affected areas, with particular focus on schools and health facilities,” said Ms Pakkala.

For more information please contact:

Thierry Delvigne-Jean, Communication, UNICEF Mozambique, Tel: +258 21 481-121; Cel: +258 82 312-1820; Email tdelvignejean@unicef.org

 

 

 

 

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