The European Commission announced on Monday that it would provide 64.7 million euros in humanitarian aid to countries in southern Africa to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and extreme weather conditions such as persistent drought and other crises.
“The European Union is contributing to emergency humanitarian aid for impoverished households suffering from drought and drought losses. The aid package will strengthen the readiness and response to the coronavirus pandemic in the countries of the region” The EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic stated in a statement.
“At the same time, the European Union is helping local authorities to be better prepared for natural risks and their effects,” added the Commissioner.
The € 64.7 million aid package will go to projects in Angola (€ 3 million), Botswana (€ 1.95 million), Comoros (€ 500,000), Eswatini (€ 2.4 million), Lesotho (4) € 8 million EUR), Madagascar (EUR 7.3 million), Malawi (EUR 7.1 million), Mauritius (EUR 250,000), Mozambique (EUR 14.6 million), Namibia (EUR 2 million), Zambia (5th Million) and Zimbabwe (14.2 million). The Commission has also earmarked EUR 1.6 million for regional disaster preparedness measures.