Articles tagged 'floods'

UN rescues flood victims 20 May 2017 HARARE - More than 32 000 people affected by floods will benefit from the United Nations (UN) Central Emergency Fund (CERF) which committed $1,6 million to provide shelter, water sanitation and hygiene to 20 districts. The UN response comes after $8,2 million was last year allocated towards as...
'Govt must invest in disaster warning systems' 19 May 2017 HARARE - Goverment must invest in early warning systems to reduce the cost of responding to disasters, Oxfam programme manager Joel Musarurwa has said. He told delegates at the launch of a €2,6 million Zimbabwe Joint Humanitarian Programme second phase (ZimJR2) that the system will ensure that...
Mbare flood victims demand $100k from HCC 13 May 2017 HARARE - Victims of floods in Mbare have filed a $100 000 law suit against Harare City Council (HCC) for damages. The residents, who reside along Mbirimi, Chinamhora, Dumbutshena and Mwamuka streets, had their homes flooded twice after heavy rains hit the area. In their lawsuit filed by the...
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...
'Zim floods foul water supply' 25 March 2017 HARARE - Thousands of people are without water after heavy rains that struck Zimbabwe, United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has warned. Flooding triggered by heavy rains has overwhelmed the poor urban drainage system, contaminating the water supply. This comes as government is struggling...
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...
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...
Mbare homes flooded again 10 March 2017 HARARE - Fuming Mbare residents yesterday subjected a City of Harare (HCC) engineer to all manner of insults after incessant rains flooded their homes and destroyed their property again. The local authority had set a January 31 deadline to improve drainage. Apparently, the drainage ways wer...
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, ...
Zim braces for storms, floods 16 February 2017 HARARE - Thousands of people are at risk as Zimbabwe braces for devastating storms and floods which weather forecasters say could leave a trail of destruction in three provinces which are set to be hardest hit. The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) said yesterday that tropical Cyclone D...
92 drown as floods wreak havoc 9 February 2017 HARARE - At least 92 people have drowned while 10 have died from lightning strikes since the rainy season began in October, a Civil Protection Unit (CPU) surveillance report has said. This comes despite repeated warnings by the CPU and Meteorological Services Department(MSD) against driving th...
Harare floods: No compensation for lodgers 7 February 2017 HARARE - Tenants renting homes that have been affected by flooding will not be compensated under a government assistance scheme, Civil Protection Unit (CPU)’s deputy director, Sibusisiwe Ndlovu, said yesterday. Several properties have been affected by recent flooding and many others remain und...
Govt probes flooded Borrowdale properties' legality 7 February 2017 HARARE - Government is investigating the legality of the homes that were recently ravaged by floods, including those in Borrowdale, after it turned out that some where built on wetlands and waterways, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) said yesterday. This comes after several houses i...