Continued Floods affect Zimbabwe
Continued rains around Zimbabwe have triggered emergencies with lives being claimed in the process. Alerts from Zimbabwe Red Cross Society Provincial Structures highlight varrying rain induced emergencies with affected areas in dire need of humanitarian intervention. The number of affected households as of the 4th of January 2015 is over 700 according to informatiom gathered.
Following the incessant rains, floods have hit many parts of the country claiming 10 lives in Mashonaland West province and 1 six year old girl in Manicaland Province. Zimbabwe Red Cross Society provincial structures around the country are responding and continue monitoring the situation while strategising on response mechanisms together with officials from the Civil Protection Unit (CPU) and the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare.
Many households in areas like Mbire, Mukumbura, Muzarabani, Zvimba and other parts of Mashonaland East are in water with levels rising as rains continue pounding Zimbabwe. Other affected areas include Gokwe in Midlands where 19 houses have reportedly collapsed with many more in danger. In Manicaland, Chipinge district heavy storms continue to pound the catchment area of the great Save river and backflows into the tributaries are being realised. Flooding threat is increasing in the settlement areas. The Tongogara refugee camp which houses over 9000 refugees is more likely to be affected given its proximity to Save river bank.
In Masvingo, Chiredzi district, 32 houses in the Malipati area have been damaged with reports from other affected areas in the province streaming in. Meanwhile, the Meteorological department forecasts continued rains in most parts of the country at a time emergency response stocks are at the lowest.
Urgent needs for the victims include tents and tarpaulins for shelter, food, health and hygiene materials and blankets among other necessities. The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society is working on averting the challenges in affected areas and has called on local stakeholders like Corporates, churches and individuals to partner them in their efforts to alleviate human duffering.