Articles tagged 'weather'

Zanu PF officials sued for food aid politicisation 10 May 2017 HARARE - Three Zanu PF officials have been dragged to the High Court by Chegutu MDC members, who accuse the trio of denying them drought aid under government's “food for work” programme. The MDC members are demanding $20 000 in damages from the three. According to the court summons, the app...
Brace for biting winter: Met 27 April 2017 HARARE - The Meteorological Services Department (Met) has warned of a harsh and biting winter this year. In a forecast yesterday, meteorologist Chenai Sithole advised that those travelling must be weather alert in order to protect themselves from vagaries of the weather. “Mornings and eveni...
Red Cross transforms dry Muzarabani 19 April 2017 MUZARABANI - About 300km from Harare into Mashonaland Central Province lies a dry and remote area called Muzarabani where people somehow manage to scratch a living despite both natural and man-made disasters including extreme whether temperatures. The area falls under the natural farming regio...
Govt raises $35m to fix roads 5 April 2017 HARARE - Government has raised $35 million to fix roads and bridges damaged by floods. Senior principal director in the Office of the President and Cabinet Ozias Hove said the funds were raised through the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme. This comes after Local Government minister S...
WFP launches $250m hunger relief plan 4 April 2017 HARARE - The World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday launched a $253 million five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP) to alleviate hunger and improve nutrition in Zimbabwe. Its country director, Eddie Rowe, said this year WFP has projected to utilise $53 million under the plan. The new CSP comes...
'Heavy rains to continue' 24 March 2017 HARARE - The heavy rains that have been pounding most parts of Zimbabwe over the past weeks are set to continue, with most areas forecast to receive excesses of 30 millimetres (mm) per day. According to Meteorological Services Department (Met)’s forecaster, John Mupuro, “thunder showers are ex...
Tsholotsho floods victims 'drown' in squalor 23 March 2017 HARARE - Tsholotsho villagers are living in squalor, weeks after their homes and belongings were destroyed by ravaging floods. According to World Vision, five people are sharing a single blanket at Sipepa Transit Camp, which houses about 1 265 victims, while averages of 18 people are squeezed ...
Zim ups flood aid appeal to $188m 21 March 2017 HARARE - The hard-pressed Zimbabwe government has revised upwards its floods relief appeal to $188 million from $100 million, as the situation of affected victims gets direr. While acting mpresident Phelekezela Mphoko yesterday made a plea for the extra $88 million, it was not immediately clea...
Zim faces early winter 17 March 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe faces an early winter as temperatures are gradually decreasing, the Meteorological Services Department (Met) said yesterday. The department's public weather services head, Tich Zinyemba, said “even though it is early days yet, there continues to be a palpable cooling in morni...
Army roped in to fix bridges 17 March 2017 HARARE - The Transport ministry has engaged the army to assist in the reconstruction of bridges washed away by rampaging floods, Parliament has been told. This comes as torrential rains have swept away five bridges along major highways across the country. The destroyed bridges include Nkank...
Spare a thought for flood victims 15 March 2017 HARARE - How Zanu PF functions and how it has remained in power even against glaring evidence of its incompetence really boggles the mind. Some can be forgiven for concluding that we have a leadership that we truly deserve, because we have been stuck with the same recycled deadwood for over 37...
Anger over Mugabe cyclone donations 14 March 2017 HARARE - There was much disappointment among many Zimbabweans when it emerged at the weekend that President Robert Mugabe had donated — of all things — biscuits and non-essential snacks to Cyclone Dineo victims in Tsholotsho who recently lost everything they had to floods. Mugabe's eye-brow ra...
More flash floods loom 8 March 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's must brace for more flash floods as heavy rains are set to continue in some parts of the country in the coming weeks, the Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has warned. “Flooding remains a threat,” the department said in an alert issued yesterday. It further cautio...
Zanu PF stifles Khupe's aid efforts 7 March 2017 BULAWAYO - MDC deputy president Thokozani Khupe has expressed disgust at the frustrating moves made by government officials when she tried to donate to floods victims in Sipepa, Tsholothso. The former deputy premier said she was made to wait a long time, “pushed back and forth,” before she was...
Tsvangirai pleads for more floods aid 7 March 2017 HARARE - MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday appealed for more assistance from Zimbabweans in providing emergency relief to people affected by the country’s worst floods in decades. Government is struggling to raise needed funds to aid flood-affected regions after a disappointing response f...
Red Cross intervenes as floods affect livelihoods 7 March 2017 HARARE - Most rural families in Midlands, Masvingo and Matabeleland provinces have had their livelihoods seriously affected as they lost their goats, chicken and cattle due to heavy incessant rains induced by the Tropical depression Dineo. The ground is now saturated and can no longer absorb m...
Zim appeals for floods relief 3 March 2017 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...
Floods sweep away five bridges 2 March 2017 HARARE - Floods triggered by the on-going torrential rains have so far swept away five bridges along major highways across Zimbabwe, Transport minister Joram Gumbo said. He told a news conference yesterday that the bridges washed away include Nkankezi along Zvishavane-Mbalabala road in Matabel...
Most Zim dams overflow 2 March 2017 HARARE - Most dams across the country are overflowing following the heavy rains, posing a threat to people living downstream, the Zimbabwe National Water Authority warned. In a statement yesterday, the authority said “as of February 27, the national dam level average stood at 71,5 percent up f...
Tsholotsho flood victims in dire straits 1 March 2017 HARARE - Tsholotsho villagers urgently need to be relocated following downpours that have destroyed their homes, with more rain expected in coming days, a top Meteorological Services Department (MSD) official warned yesterday. This comes as about 800 villagers in Tsholotsho North have appealed...
Bridge swept away in Cyclone Dineo flood 28 February 2017 HARARE - A bridge which has spanned the Nkankezi River in the heart of the Zvishavane-Bulawayo highway for decades has been swept away by rampaging flood waters unleashed by Cyclone Dineo. The huge blocks which made up the bridge were washed downstream over the weekend — with witnesses reporti...
'Declare floods a national disaster' 22 February 2017 HARARE - Tendai Biti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the government to declare the Cyclone Dineo-induced floods a national disaster after concerns about the ability of government to cope with the aftermath. This comes after rain and strong winds battered Matabeleland last weekend, ...
Cyclone Dineo devastates Zim 19 February 2017 HARARE - After praying for much-needed rains for years, the drought-prone Matabeleland region is counting the cost of flash floods which have left a trail of destruction in the area after violent Cyclone Dineo storms swept through southern Africa over the past two days. The storms, which have ...
Cyclone fast approaching Zim 17 February 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwean towns and villages were bracing for “catastrophic” floods even after forecasters downgraded the cyclone Dineo status to a tropical storm, with heavy winds and rain battering Mozambique’s coastline yesterday. A deluge of up to 200mm of rainfall yesterday lashed Inhambane — 4...
Cyclone Dineo triggers cholera outbreak in Mozambique 17 February 2017 MAPUTO - Along with the havoc wreaked by tropical storm Dineo, Mozambique has also been hit by a cholera epidemic, with 216 confirmed cases of the diarrhoeal disease and one death in three cities, radio station VOA Portugues reported on Thursday. The capital Maputo, currently experiencing wate...