Floods leave hundreds homeless

A humanitarian crisis has hit Masvingo province in the southern part of the country following floods which have left at least 500 people homeless.

Another 1,000 people need to be evacuated from low-lying areas to higher ground as the heavy down pour has caused extensive damage to both homes and infrastructure.

The Civil Protection Unit aboard an army helicopter on Monday this week toured the affected areas mostly in Gutu, Chivi and the Lowveld.

Families in the surrounding areas of the Tokwe-Murkosi dam, which is currently under construction, will also have to be evacuated to higher ground.

Hundreds of other people in the Triangle area of Chiredzi district will also have to be moved to higher ground since the surging Mutirikwi river has burst its banks sub-merging houses.

Some of the displaced families had their food reserves and clothing destroyed by the heavy rains. Masvingo provincial administrator, Felix Chikovo confirmed the development adding that the government has since moved in to assist the victims.

"We have about 500 people whose settlements are currently under water because of the heavy rains and the government will do all it can through the Civil Protection Unit to assist", said Chikovo

"We have others who still need to be evacuated to higher ground because they risk being affected if the downpour continues", he added The flood victims need clean water, food and clothing in addition to temporary shelter as the number of people needing help continue to rise each day.

"We need food and clothing as well as clean drinking water until the floods have subsided",said Simon Nago one of the flood victims Several villagers have been rescued by the army helicopter after being marooned due to incessant rains.

Weather experts have warned of heavy rains in most parts of the country until the end of the month and have warned that there would be flooding in low-lying areas .

Low-lying areas in the country include some parts of Chiredzi, Save Valley, Muzarabani, and Guruve among others. The national civil protection unit has advised people in these areas to move to higher ground once they see water rising.

However, investigations by The Zimbabwean show that the Civil Protection Unit does not have financial resources to immediately deal with victims of natural disasters.

The unit has no funds of its own and relies on central government for funding. This means that bureaucratic bungling within central government might delay the release of the funds to the Unit which has provincial structures around the country.

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