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26 May 2015 description

DURBAN, South Africa, May 26 (UNHCR) – Approximately 1,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees who sought new lives in South Africa are turning to the UN refugee agency for help, after xenophobic violence forced them to flee their homes last month.

02 Apr 2015 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

From December 2014, Zimbabwe experienced continuous heavy rainfall, which led to widespread flooding across the country, with the worst affected provinces including: Manicaland, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West and Midlands. According to preliminary assessments, approximately 6,000 people (1,200 households) were affected, of which 2,500 people (500 households) were identified as in urgent need of assistance.

06 Mar 2015 description
report Voice of America

Blessing Zulu

WASHINGTON DC— International human rights group, Human Rights Watch, has appealed to the United Nations to assist the more than 20,000 people affected by the flooding of the Tokwe Mukosi basin in 2014.

The rights group is accusing the government of neglecting the flood victims.

The families were first relocated at Chingwizi Camp and have since been transferred to Nuanetsi Ranch, which even the government has admitted is not habitable.

The area is infested with killer spiders, snakes and unsafe and scarce water.

23 Feb 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

The Lions Club of Harare City recently donated an assortment of clothing and other items to flood victims in Muzarabani.

The donation was made at a Lions Club zones members’ social gathering last week, attended by Parents of Children with Cancer Association and the general public.

05 Feb 2015 description


Madagascar has been receiving double its average rainfall since early January. These rains, coupled with the impact of Tropical Storm Chedza, which crossed the country on 16 Jan, have to date killed 74 people and almost 20,000 people remain displaced in accommodation sites. Nearly US$2.6 million has been mobilized to respond to the most urgent needs, but gaps remain, particularly in shelter and protection.

29 Jan 2015 description
report Tzu Chi Foundation

Due to the heavy downpours, by the end of 2014, areas in the suburb of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, were flooded. Floodwater led to the collapse of houses as they were made of mud walls, displacing many flood survivors.

28 Jan 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 28 January 2015 — UNFPA and its partners are working to provide humanitarian relief to hundreds of thousands of people who are in urgent need of assistance following widespread flooding in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. More than 760,000 people have been affected by the floods in wide regions across the three countries and an estimated 226,000 have been forced from their homes.

23 Jan 2015 description
report Voice of America

Irwin Chifera
22.01.2015 19:41

HARARE— Opposition leader and former prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, on Thursday appealed to the Movement for Democratic Change-led Harare City Council to prioritize unplanned settlements like Hopely in the provision of infrastructure and sanitation to prevent an outbreak of diseases.

Addressing Hopely residents in Harare South, Tsvangirai said it was disturbing that 10 years after it was set up, the settlement does not have proper houses, water and sanitation facilities, leaving local people exposed to waterborne diseases.

16 Jan 2015 description

Gaborone/Geneva, 16 January 2015: Weeks of heavy rains have left tens of thousands of families homeless and in desperate need of support across Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

13 Jan 2015 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Since December 2014, Zimbabwe has experienced continuous heavy rainfall, which has led to widespread flooding across the country, with the worst affected provinces including: Manicaland,
Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West and Midlands. Early warning and monitoring data evidence indicates that the flooding will soon extend to traditionally high flood risk communities in the Masvingo, Matabeleland North and Matebeleland South provinces.

13 Jan 2015 description

“At the most 30 or 40 people are still in the church, after the last group of women and children were moved. Some of the others are now in Soweto, where I live, while others were forced to find other shelter”, said to MISNA from Johannesburg, Paul Verryn, Methodist Bishop, former head of the Central Methodist Church. The Bishop is referring to the around 400 immigrants, mostly from Zimbabwe, who since 2000 had found shelter in the church, but were evicted on December 31.

05 Jan 2015 description

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.

31 Dec 2014 description

This Quarterly Update covers the activities of the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) between 1 October and 31 December 2014. It is also available to be read online or downloaded at www.internal-displacement.org.

IDMC, established by the Norwegian Refugee Council, is the leading non-governmental body monitoring internal displacement worldwide.

30 Dec 2014 description
report Voice of America

Tatenda Gumbo

WASHINGTON, DC— The Central United Methodist Church in Johannesburg, which has been home for thousands of refugees, many from Zimbabwe, is shutting its doors to refugees, on New Year’s eve, leaving an estimated 500 residents, in a panic.

Bishop Paul Verryn, who has facilitated the flood of refugees to the church, says he’s saddened by the news, and has issued pleas to whoever can assist, to help those who will be left homeless, following the closure on Wednesday.

23 Dec 2014 description

The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society has responded to Flash Floods that have affected Zimta Park and Dreamhouse high-desnsity residential areas in Mutare Urban in Manicaland province. The floods which are a result of heavy downpours on the night of 17 December 2014 destroyed houses, household property, blankets and swept away food reserves and an assortment of other valuables. One minor, a 6 year old girl died after being swept away while sleeping in one of the destroyed houses and her body was recovered 3 km down stream. Two other family members survived with injuries.

30 Oct 2014 description

The Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) was conducted over the period from February until June 2014 with the aim of obtaining a better understanding of the situation, needs, risks, capacities and vulnerabilities of asylum seekers and refugees with regards to their food and nutrition security as well as livelihood opportunities, and providing recommendations for the next 6 to 12 months. This JAM report aims to provide information for programming through the design of a joint -programme cycle for UN agencies and their partners under the coordination of the Government of Zimbabwe.

15 Oct 2014 description
report Voice of America

Bulawayo mayor Martin Moyo says the local authority is not obliged to resettle the squatters.

Sithandekile Mhlanga
14.10.2014 18:59

WASHINGTON—The Bulawayo City Council says the impending demolition exercise of illegal structures in the local authority’s Killarney suburb and Ngozi Mine is different from that in Chitungwiza and Epworth in Harare because Bulawayo has a lot of temporary structures that cannot pass as buildings.

08 Oct 2014 description
report Voice of America

Jonga Kandemiiri

WASHINGTON DC— About 58 families in Tsholotsho, Matabeleland North province, that were affected by floods in February on Monday received donations of clothes, soap and sanitary ware from the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZIMRIGHTS).

ZimRights director Okay Machisa says they were touched by the plight of the flood victims and in June they organised a Soap and Shirt Winter Festival concert to mobilise assistance for the families.

01 Oct 2014 description
report ShelterBox

This year, Southeastern Zimbabwe has experienced the worst flooding for 40 years after a fractured dam caused over 20,000 people to abandon their homes. As one local farmer put it, ‘we are living like refugees in our own country’. ShelterBox has been helping for over six months to shelter families, and now to support their children’s education.