Drought threatens Mat South

Report
from The Zimbabwean
Published on 23 Jan 2013 View Original

Despite recent heavy rains in most parts of the country, most districts in Matabeleland South province were still dry at the weekend.

Matabeleland South Provincial Administrator Midard Khumalo told The Zimbabwean the province had only received light showers and the situation was still critical, with most people in need of food aid.

“We are facing another serious drought this year. So far most district in the Mat South, especially Bulilima, Mangwe and Gwanda, have received only light showers that are of no help. Villagers are losing their cattle daily. We are still working with organizations such as Care International and World Food Programme distributing food aid to the area,” he said.

The United Nations needs $131 million in humanitarian assistance to meet food, water and emergency needs in Zimbabwe. Humanitarian coordinator, Alain Noudehou, said recently at least $110 million would be used to provide food for 1.6 million Zimbabweans facing starvation this year.

The appeal is less than last year’s $197 million because of “a steady improvement” in the humanitarian situation. The call for assistance was part of an $8.5 billion global appeal launched in December to help 51 million people in 2013.