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UN donates $1.6 million to assist flood victims in Zimbabwe

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Staff Writer | May 19, 2017
Zimbabwe flood
Africa   The CERF fund is a critical resource

The United Nations Central Emergency Fund (CERF) on Wednesday handed over $1.6 million to assist over 32,000 people who were affected by floods in Zimbabwe this year.

The funding will assist the flood victims with life-saving shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene and protection in 20 districts in the country, said United Nations Resident Coordinator Bishow Parajuli at the handover ceremony.

"The CERF fund is a critical resource that guarantees life-saving interventions in support of affected communities and I believe it will help meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable particularly those who are still living in temporary camps in the southern parts of Zimbabwe," Parajuli said.

The CERF will be implemented by UNICEF, IOM and UNFPA together with Zimbabwean government ministries, local authorities and non-governmental organizations.

Parajuli said the fund will provide life-saving interventions to over 23,800 people with water, sanitation and hygiene, over 12,500 pupils with emergency education materials while over 2,600 households will be provided with emergency shelter.

Over 1,000 vulnerable families will receive non-food items and 2,500 women will be provided with dignity and reproductive health kits, said the UN resident coordinator.

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