Articles tagged 'floods'

'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...
'Flooded Borrowdale homes built on waterway' 31 January 2017 HARARE - Homes that were ravaged by floods in the affluent Borrowdale suburb last week were actually built on a waterway, the Environmental Management Agency (Ema) has said. The agency's publicity manager, Steady Kangata, said the houses, including Lands minister Douglas Mombeshora's mansion, ...
Floods expose our unpreparedness 23 January 2017 HARARE - Zimbabweans are dangerously unprepared for the natural disasters most of the country is exposed to if the latest incessant rains and subsequent floods are anything to judge by. Government's response to prolonged flooding in various areas of the country exposes weak political accountab...
Concerns over houses affected by floodwater 18 January 2017 HARARE - A residents' association has voiced its concerns about homes being submerged by floodwater due to poor land use and management in Harare, which is posing a serious humanitarian disaster. This comes after 30 families whose houses were built about 50 metres away from Marimba River in Bu...
More floods loom 17 January 2017 HARARE - The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has forecast countrywide flooding, as heavy rains continue to pound the country. So far, the Civil Protection Unit (CPU) has confirmed that areas that have been hit by flash floods include parts of Guruve, Mt Darwin, Chitungwiza, Marange, B...
Dozens stranded as floods hit Budiriro 16 January 2017 HARARE - Dozens of people were left stranded on Friday after flash floods flooded their homes in Harare's Budiriro suburb. The homes which were built on a wetland adjacent to a river in Budiriro 5 have not been spared by the incessant rains that have also flooded other high density areas as we...
Floods kill 50 in DRC 30 December 2016 LONDON - At least 50 people have died and thousands have been left homeless after severe flooding in the south-west of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Torrential rain caused the Kalamu river, which flows through the city of Boma, to burst its banks on Tuesday. The bodies of some of the vi...
Zimbabwe put on flood alert 10 December 2016 HARARE - Meteorological Services Department (Met Dept) has put the Civil Protection Unit, local authorities, the police, and other aid agencies on high alert as heavy rains are set to pound the country this week. According to the Met Dept, from today until Tuesday, the country will experience ...
Zim prepares for flash floods 18 November 2016 HARARE - Flash floods, which hit parts of South Africa last week damaging 150 cars in the process, have lurched Zimbabwe’s local authorities into a 100-day rapid results approach to avert a similar natural disaster here. With a lack of pre-emergency protocol coupled with a shortage of ambulanc...
Floods hit Joburg 10 November 2016 JOHANNESBURG - Mopping up operations are under way in Johannesburg after a flash flood on Wednesday afternoon caused chaos on the city’s roads. - Are you there? Send us your eyewitness accounts and photos. Seven people are believed to be missing after their vehicles washed away, the Johanne...
1 dead in KZN flooding 26 July 2016 JOHANNESBURG - The department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs has confirmed one person died in flooding in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday evening. Cogta MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube extended condolences on behalf of Premier Willies Mchunu and government to the family that lost a relative ...
Several dead in French Riviera storms 4 October 2015 PARIS - Violent storms and flooding have hit southeast France, killing at least 10 people with six more missing, officials said. Three elderly people drowned when their retirement home near the city of Antibes was inundated with floodwater. Another five people are reported to have died as t...
Massive flooding swamps Japan city 10 September 2015 JOSO - Widespread flooding and landslides in north-east Japan have forced more than 90,000 people to abandon their homes. The city of Joso, north of the capital, Tokyo, was hit by a wall of water after the Kinugawa River burst its banks. Helicopter rescue teams have been plucking people from r...
Rains cause destruction in Harare 3 February 2015 HARARE - The heavy rains that have been pounding Harare since Sunday have left a trail of destruction, with several houses being flooded in the capital. Police said yesterday Godknows Marufu, 38, Makariel Chinongwa, 28, and Gabriel Majonga, 37, were trapped in their Toyota Raum and Nissan Sunn...
Take flood warnings seriously 3 February 2015 HARARE - The Meteorology department has warned people to prepare for more flooding with heavy and persistent rain forecast to sweep across the country. In Harare, where the storms continue to wreak havoc in areas already hit hard by flooding, members of the public rescued people from floodwate...
Met Dept issues floods warning 23 January 2015 HARARE - Zimbabwe's Meteorological Services Department has warned of flooding in Muzarabani in Mashonaland Central due to the heavy rains that pounded Malawi and Mozambique recently. Flooding in Malawi has killed more than 176 people, displaced at least 200 000, left homes and schools submerge...
Chances of flooding low: Zinwa 19 January 2015 HARARE - The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) said chances of flooding in the flood-prone areas of  Zimbabwe are very low at the moment with the national dam levels remaining at 78,5percent. A hydrologist with Zinwa, Deborah Musiiwa revealed this when she presented a paper at a meetin...
Red Cross moves in with flood disaster relief 11 January 2015 HARARE - Preliminary distribution of relief materials for flood victims caused by the recent heavy rains has now started in Mashonaland West and Mashonaland Central, the Red Cross has said. Takemore Mazuruse, the Red Cross spokesperson, said relief materials being distributed include tarpaulin...
Rains expose weak disaster response 7 January 2015 MASVINGO - The current spell of heavy rains has woefully exposed government’s shoddy disaster preparedness, rights groups have said. Early warning systems have failed and authorities have failed to mobilise relief goods, or prepare themselves for likely water disasters if the rivers swell. ...
Rains trigger deadly floods 5 January 2015 HARARE - Incessant rains that are pounding Zimbabwe have triggered flood emergencies around the country and claimed the lives of 11 people in Mashonaland West and Manicaland provinces. Authorities say 10 of the lives were lost in Mashonaland West alone, while a six-year-old girl perished in Ma...
Artistes' donations fail to reach flood victims 11 August 2014 HARARE - Government's insistence that all donations to Tokwe-Mukorsi and Tsholotsho floods victims be channelled through State structures has delayed the handover of proceeds from the Soap and Shirt Donation Winter Festival held in June. Several artistes such as Leonard Zhakata, Charles and Ol...