Zimbabwe: Floods DREF operation n° MDRZW007

CHF 266,514 is being requested from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Zimbabwe Red Cross National Society (ZRCS) in delivering immediate assistance to some 3,500 beneficiaries (700 households). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: Continuous heavy rains across the country have caused flooding, resulting in large scale destruction. The Limpopo and Bubi rivers are overflowing, forcing the Beitbridge border to close, a phenomenon last seen in 1972. The six provinces of Matebeleland South, Matebeleland North, Midlands, Masvingo, Mashonaland Central and Manicaland have been worst affected by the storms and flooding.

Many families had their homes destroyed, leaving them homeless, and their belongings and livelihoods washed away. To date, 125 persons have died in the floods and storms and 9,700 persons have been affected with over 5,910 people requiring urgent humanitarian assistance.

This DREF operation will provide 700 displaced families (3,500 people) with temporary shelter and basic household items. ZRCS will also provide emergency health, water and sanitation and hygiene, thereby reducing health risks for affected families.

As part of preparedness for the flooding season, ZRCS is working with Department of Civil Protection (DCP), United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and other humanitarian partners to raise awareness in flood prone areas for early evacuation and relocation to high grounds.

This operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by 7 May 2013; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 7 August 2013).