Zimbabwe ill-prepared for rainfall extremes, farmers say

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from AlertNet
Published on 27 Dec 2012 View Original

By Madalitso Mwando

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AlertNet) - Thumeliso Matshobana knows what the devastation of too much water looks like.

A smallholder farmer in Zimbabwe’s Midlands, he watched helplessly last year as floods destroyed crops, livestock, homes and schools. The heavy rains, he says, came as “a total surprise.”

The floods left a trail of destruction in traditionally dry and impoverished rural areas of the Midlands and Matebeleland, and rebuilding has been a slow and painful process.

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