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Vulnerable groups get irrigation lifeline

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The Zimbabwean

by Pamenus Tuso

When Portia Mucharemba and other ward 19 villagers in Shurugwi were relocated from their homesteads and farming plots in 2000 to pave the way for the Anglo-Platinum Unki Mine, their world seemed to have collapsed.

Mucharemba and other farmers were settled in the area in 1982 during the first and orderly phase of the government’s resettlement programme. Until their relocation from the area, the farmers had been surviving thanks to an old irrigation scheme left by the previous white owner of the farm.

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Hunger tightens grip in Chingwizi

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The Zimbabwean

by Regerai Tukutuku

Hunger and starvation have tightened their grip at the Chingwizi holding camp where more than 3,000 people displaced by the floods along the Tokwe Mukosi basin are now living.

It has emerged that the food donations that have been pouring in were damaged due to poor storage facilities at the holding camp, leaving the villagers with nothing to eat.

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Communities struggle to rebuild their lives following devastating floods

Fadzai Tshuma was woken by her neighbours’ screaming in the early hours of 3 February. Awake and in a panic, she then heard the sound of water rushing through her village and into her home.

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Zimbabwe + 13 others
SADC Climate Services Centre - Outlook for April– June 2014

JANUARY– MARCH 2014 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS

Significant rainfall was received in most parts of SADC as a result of an active inter-tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and the attendant active tropical incursions into the region. The eastern part of the contiguous SADC and the highland states received the highest rainfall.

The seasonal anomalies to date indicated:

  • Above normal rainfall conditions stretching from eastern Namibia to Southern Mozambique, Mauritius and parts of Madagascar

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Flood Victims Still in Need of Adequate Shelter

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Voice of America

Reverend Eddison Dube says his church has informed the government that although most flood victims receive food and clothing, they still lack shelter

Sithandekile Mhlanga

WASHINGTON — Non-Governmental Organizations are pressing on with calls for transparency in the distribution of aid meant for flood victims in Tsholotsho, Matabeleland North, and Tokwe-Murkosi in Masvingo, the regions mostly affected by recent floods.

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UNICEF Zimbabwe CO Situation Report # 4, 1-19 March 2014

Highlights

  • UNICEF and partners are reaching more than 2,930 children affected by flooding with hygiene promotion, clean water and appropriate temporary sanitation. UNICEF has also supported the initial set-up of temporary learning spaces and the deployment of social workers to provide psycho-social support to affected women, men and children.

  • UNICEF response is 12% funded and unmet needs of flood affected children include psychosocial support, safe learning spaces and good nutrition.

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ShelterBox sends shelter to flood-hit Zimbabwe

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ShelterBox

ShelterBox has sent enough tents to shelter 800 families in Zimbabwe that have been forced from their homes due to flooding in Masvingo Province.

The families had been living along the river basin near the partially constructed Tokwe Murkosi dam until last February. Incessant rains, rare during that time of year, created fears that the dam was going to overflow. Instead, the river caused severe flooding that damaged thousands of homes positioned along it.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 25 March – 1 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Govt Donates Impounded Goods to Flood Victims

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Voice of America

Thomas Chiripasi

HARARE — The government on Thursday assisted Tokwe Mukosi flood victims with clothing and food items as the affected families continue to live in squalid conditions several weeks after the disaster.

Officiating at the donation ceremony in Harare, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said the government decided to donate food and clothing confiscated by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority from citizens who were trying to evade import duty.

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ADRA International responds to crises in Ukraine and Zimbabwe

By: Erykah St. Louis

By Natalia Lopez-Thismon

As violence in Ukraine escalates and the dangers of Zimbabwean floods remain, ADRA International has prepared emergency response plans at both locations.

Conflict in Ukraine

After peaceful protests turned violent in Kiev, Ukraine, more than 1,000 people have been injured and more than 100 are dead.

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Young women mobilise for sanitary wear for flood victims

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The Zimbabwean

In a move aimed at addressing the sexual and reproductive health challenges of women and girls affected by the Tokwe Mukosi flooding, a group of young women from Harare are mobilising for sanitary wear to donate to the flood victims.

Dubbed “Surviving Tokwe Mukosi: Surviving the month”, the initiative is co-ordinated by a group of young women who are beneficiaries of a SAfAIDS training program entitled Young Women First.

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Zimbabwe Food Security Outlook Update March 2014

The start of the green harvest improves the food security situation

Key Messages

  • The start of green consumption, or the early harvest, and humanitarian assistance are contributing to Minimal (IPC Phase 1!) acute food insecurity in most districts. However, Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) food insecurity outcomes still persist in some areas in southwestern parts of the country due to low coverage of humanitarian assistance.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 19 - 25 March

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Namibia + 5 others
SADC Regional DRR Update - Volume 4, 20 March 2014

Highlights

  • Heavy rains experienced in February and early March 2014

  • Floods cause devastation in several parts of the region

  • Cholera outbreak spread to more areas in Namibia

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Zimbabwe: Floods Situation Report No. 6 (as of 21 March 2014)

Dam levels across the country increased during the course of this week. An estimated 1,000 displaced households did not receive tents or tarpaulins and remain in need of urgent shelter assistance.

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Zimbabwe's new climate plan to tackle neglected needs of children

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AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:41 AM
Author: Jeffrey Gogo

MUZARABANI, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Moses Pfebve of Gombera village was just five when he was swept away, trying to cross the flooded Chematohwa River with other young cattle herders on his way to the communal dip tank in early January.

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Urgency needed to halt disease outbreaks in Tokwe-Mukosi and stem violation of villagers’ rights

The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) is deeply concerned with reports of a diarrhoea outbreak that has hit Chingwizi transit camp where at least 3 400 families displaced by the Tokwe-Mukosi Dam flooding in Masvingo are temporarily sheltered.

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Zimbabwe: Floods Situation Report No. 5 (as of 14 March 2014)

Gaps in shelter at Chingwizi camp remain. Of an estimated 2,800 households at the camp, around 1,000 did not receive any tents or tarpaulins and still need urgent assistance.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook March 20 – March 26, 2014

  • A favorable distribution of rainfall was observed over Southern Africa during the past week.

  • Widespread and above-average rains fell across the Greater Horn of Africa during the past week.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 11 - 18 March

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.