Articles tagged 'floods'

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...
Chingwizi villagers demand to see Mugabe 23 May 2014 MASVINGO - Flood victims at Chingwizi Transit Camp have demanded to meet President Robert Mugabe to express disgruntlement over their appalling living conditions and government neglect. The 3 000 families from the flooded Tokwe-Mukorsi basin were relocated to Chingwizi Camp — about 150km away ...
Food runs out at Chingwizi camp 15 April 2014 MASVINGO - About 20 000 flood victims relocated at Chingwizi transit camp in Mwenezi face imminent starvation amid revelations that food stocks are dangerously low. A visit to the camp last weekend where people are living in squalid conditions resembling a refugee camp, revealed that there was...
Sex-for-food at Chingwizi Camp 2 April 2014 CHINGWIZI CAMP - Flood victims at Chingwizi holding camp have accused government workers and Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers in charge of distributing aid of demanding sex from females in exchange for food and other commodities. The victims, particularly males, expressed concern about ...
Tsvangirai, it's now too late to visit flood victims 30 March 2014 EDITOR — Morgan Tsvangirai’s visit to flood victims at Tokwe-Mukorsi basin comes too late. How can an aspiring national leader acknowledge the existence of this national calamity three months down the line? The Tokwe-Mukorsi floods which affected over 2 000 families and several livestock we...
Flood victims struggle to adjust to camp conditions 23 March 2014 HARARE - Four young men sit on a rock with their eyes fixed on the dry plains of Chingwizi transit camp. Their hopes of a bright day quickly fade as reality hits them. Each day they rise to hopelessness.  “We feel like we are in jail at this settlement,” said Tinashe Chinema, 30. “We can...
Starvation threatens flood victims 20 March 2014 CHINGWIZI CAMP, MWENEZI - About 2 800 households face starvation at Chingwizi Camp, a holding facility for families that were displaced by the Tokwe-Mukorsi flood basin disaster. Over 60 000 villagers were affected after torrential rains caused the partial collapse of the The dam is ...