Emergency Aid for Mozambique
Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe with wind speeds of 190 kmh. More than 1.85 million people have been affected by the disaster. Knorr-Bremse Global Care is supporting the German Red Cross with a donation of 50,000 euros for emergency relief.
In Mozambique, many towns and villages in the area around Beira are no longer accessible by land. Teams of relief workers from the Mozambique Red Cross supported by experts from the German Red Cross are therefore using boats to evacuate people. More than 2,000 people have already been brought to safety this way. Emergency accommodation is being erected for those affected and emergency supplies such as kitchen kits, sleeping mats and water purification tablets are being distributed. Clean drinking water is extremely important, as first cases of cholera have been confirmed, placing the entire country at risk of an epidemic.
The 50,000-euro donation from Knorr-Bremse Global Care provides the funding for two Red Cross drinking water stations. Each station can supply the necessary drinking water for up to 15,000 people in Beira per day. This contributes to providing some of the disaster victims on the ground with the basic necessities and preventing the spread of diseases due to water contamination.
Knorr-Bremse Global Care supports emergency relief projects in the wake of natural disasters and armed conflicts. This helps people who have lost everything – directly and with minimum bureaucracy. Emergency relief following the 2004 tsunami was what led to the establishment of Knorr-Bremse Global Care, and it remains one of the organization’s three pillars of activity.