The OPEC Fund for International Development, OFID, has approved emergency aid grant totaling US$500,000 in support of relief efforts in Mozambique. The grant will be channeled through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, IFRC.
The grant to Mozambique will support the delivery of shelter, food, medical care, and water, sanitation and hygiene items to victims of cyclone Ida. The cyclone is being described as one of the worst disasters to hit the country in recent history.
Nearly 90 percent of the city of Beira has been damaged or destroyed, affecting more than 1.8 million people and displacing over 480,000. The death toll is reported at around 1,000 and flooding has placed the population at risk of contracting waterborne diseases. OFID’s grant will support relief operations undertaken by the Mozambique Red Cross.
OFID has a strong relationship with the IFRC, having extended earlier emergency aid grants in support of 73 operations totaling more than $21 million.
The OPEC Fund for International Development was established in January 1976 by the then 13 member countries of OPEC; including the United Arab Emirates.