Zim appeals for floods relief

HARARE - Zimbabwe said yesterday it was appealing for international assistance to help provide food, temporary shelter and clothing for more than 1 500 people affected by widespread flooding following weeks of heavy rains.

Scores of people have died in the floods — declared a national disaster — with 128 people injured, while at least 1 576 people are still marooned, according to Local government minister Saviour Kasukuwere.

Zimbabwe’s call for international aid comes in the wake of a devastating cyclone, dubbed Dineo.

While the government, which was re-elected in 2013 and faces elections next year, is leading the relief effort, the Zanu PF political commissar is handling operations on the ground.

“It is apparent that extraordinary response measures to alleviate suffering of citizens of this country have to be intensified. I am therefore appealing to the development partners, private sector and general public, inclusive of those in the Diaspora, to rally with government to support the emergency relief programmes,” Kasukuwere told aid agencies yesterday.

He said international assistance was also needed to relocate people and rebuild communities after the flood waters retreat.

Kasukuwere said scores of schools had been destroyed and the number of dams breached countrywide stood at 140, while 74 schools had been damaged, 2 579 homes damaged and 1 985 people had been declared homeless.

Water minister Oppah Muchinguri said the breached dams had left 100 000 people with no access to clean water.

Kasukuwere said the most affected districts are Mberengwa, Insiza and Lupane, adding the affected populations were in dire need of assistance to rebuild their homes and recover lost property.

“There is an inadequate supply of tents for the displaced people. There is an urgent need for blankets and clothing for the affected families as they are at risk of contracting pneumonia,” Kasukuwere said.

In Chitungwiza, more than 2 500 houses are at risk of collapsing while about 500 are at risk of collapsing in Mabvuku.

Kasukuwere said five health institutions had been damaged, with large populations facing a shortage of drugs due to increased demand, especially in Tsholotsho.       

He said raging floods had claimed three major bridges while roads in many parts of the country are now totally impassable.

UNDP resident coordinator Bishow Parajuli pledged the UN’s support to assist affected communities and reach out to people who have lost their homes.

Comments (5)

There you are! Asking for help after wasting money celebrating failure....idiots!

Sagitarr - 3 March 2017

The forecast for these floods have been known by authorities for months, the rains have been witnessed by all for months, and so for the government to pretend like this is some sort of unforseen emergency is crazy. Beside, the money will never go to help the affecte dpeople. It will be another way for ZANU-PF to buy votes using international aid. It is so upside down in Zimbabwe, one day they are insluting the international community, the next they want their money but tey also don't want these international partners to be involved with the actual helping of the needy! What a shame! You are right @Sagitar, they were munching on potato chips (banned by mugabe and his pple) but not for him apparently, while the same province in which they were celebrating and desecrating gukurahundi graves was drowning.

gudo - 3 March 2017

@Saggitarr 100+% correct

Correct - 3 March 2017

Savior Kasukuwere, you must know that before you go out there begging for assistance, you need to show that you are willing and have tried to help yourself. You have no shame to beg for assistance from the world when you and your party chose to splash hundreds of thousands of dollars on a useless birthday bash right in the heart of poverty and suffering instead of channeling those funds towards the victims of the floods and supplying hospitals with the much needed medicines?? How on earth can you be so selfish and have the guts to ask outsiders for assistance when you yourself could not even do so with your own resources and instead chose to party and dine yourselves silly when right in front of your nose was suffering and pain to people affected by the floods??? HAMUNYARI SHUWA????

MR COOPER - 3 March 2017

When it's a national disaster they look forward to America and Britain

Slim Cat - 3 March 2017

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