Japan helps hailstorm victims

HARARE - Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) has given victims of the Masvingo hailstorm disaster blankets and tents for shelter.

The aid, which comes at a time the winter season is setting in, is expected to warm over 1 861 victims who were left exposed to harsh weather conditions when their homes were destroyed by the hailstorm in April.

Receiving the donation on behalf of hailstorm victims, Local government minister Ignatius Chombo said the assistance will be put to good use as intended by the people of Japan.

“The blankets and tents will definitely go a long way to warm these people in Chiredzi, Mangwe and Gwanda districts,” he said.

Heavy rains razed down homes in Masvingo and parts of Matabeleland districts in April this year, leaving thousands of villagers homeless.

The Civil Protection Unit appealed for help from developed countries.

Japan and  International Organisation for Migration responded with the assistance.

According to the Japanese ambassador to Zimbabwe, Yomezo Fukunda, 2 000 blankets and 100 tents were sourced from the people of Japan towards alleviating the plight that had befell people of Masvingo and other provinces. - Xolisani Ncube

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