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Reconstruction after the cyclone in southern Africa: KfW supports Mozambique with 14 Million Euro

20.05.2019 - Article

On behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ), German Development Bank KfW is providing 14 million Euro for various reconstruction measures in Mozambique following the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai, writes KfW.

In Mozambique, an area the size of the Saarland in Germany was flooded for several weeks in mid-March after the first cyclone Idai.
In Mozambique, an area the size of the Saarland in Germany was flooded for several weeks in mid-March after the first cyclone Idai.© dpa

The funds will be used mainly to repair destroyed schools, rebuild municipal infrastructure such as the drinking water supply and roads in various municipalities and restore the Mavuzi and Chicamba hydroelectric power stations in Manica Province. In Beira, the aim is to restore the “green” infrastructure along the Chiveve River by reforesting the mangroves. 3,500 classrooms in around 600 schools were completely or partially destroyed by the storm, particularly in Sofala province. 335,000 children are currently attending school outdoors and in tents. Much of the total budget of six million Euro will therefore be devoted to the reconstruction of classrooms and administrative and sanitary facilities as part of an integrated approach. The new design ensures that the buildings are more resistant to future storms and floods, for example thanks to more stable roof structures.

“KfW is supporting the rapid reconstruction following the cyclones in Mozambique so that the people affected can be given relief as quickly as possible from the serious impacts of climate change. The measures also aim to mitigate the effects of future extreme weather events such as floods, cyclones and other disasters,” said Prof. Joachim Nagel, Member of the Executive Board of KfW Group.

In Mozambique, an area the size of the Saarland in Germany was flooded for several weeks in mid-March after the first cyclone Idai. In this situation, a flood barrier financed by the German government through KfW Development Bank prevented more serious flood damage. The barrier protected the Beira city centre from prolonged flooding.

© German Development Bank KfW


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