Heavy rains in parts of Zimbabwe in late January and early February 2014 resulted in deaths and displacement of people, coupled with destruction of property. The worst affected areas were Chivi and Masvingo districts in Masvingo province and Tsholotsho district in Matabeleland North. (OCHA, 07 Feb 2014)
On 11 Feb, Zimbabwean authorities launched an international appeal for $20 million to help some 20,000 people displaced by flooding (Govt, 12 Feb 2014).
By the end of February, an estimated 2,194 households had been moved to the Chingwizi resettlement camp. Many of the new arrivals are not currently affected by floods, but are being moved by the Government as part of its initial relocation plan, which identified these households as being at risk of future flooding due to the construction of the Tokwe Mukorsi Dam. An estimated 1,056 ha of food crops were submerged by the floods, leading to a loss of 718 tons of potential harvest, thereby compromising food and nutrition security until the next harvest in 2015. (OCHA, 28 Feb 2014)
By 16 May, an estimated 15,625 people were living at Chingwizi. The disaster declaration expired on 9 May, three months after the onset of the emergency, and will not be extended. Humanitarian assistance continues, although gaps remain and new issues need to be addressed as people relocate to the permanent site. Emerging issues include the need for early recovery and livelihoods support to enable the community to resume their lives with minimum dependence on aid. (OCHA, 16 May 2014)
In August, the Government officially closed the Chingiwizi transit camp (The Zimbabwean, 19 Aug 2014).