Rain destroys crops, roads

HARARE - Incessant rains have destroyed crops and roads and displaced thousands of people during the past fortnight, making the remote parts of the country inaccessible.

The Meteorological Department has said the rains are set to continue around the whole country, whilst FEWSNET says Zimbabwe faces the risk of more flooding, which will affect most areas along the Zambezi Valley.

Many low bridges have been washed away, seriously hampering the distribution of humanitarian aid by donor agencies.

Agricultural expert, Renson Gasela, who is also an MDC executive member, said the bulk of crops planted are already a write-off. “Most areas have been hit by either floods or excessive rains and that worsened an already bad situation caused by lack of fertilizers that hampered growth.”

Most of the maize crop especially in communal farming areas is clearly showing signs of failure. – Itai Dzamara

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