Zimbabwe: Flash Flood Update # 1 (as of 7 February 2014)

Heavy rains in parts of the country in late January and early February resulted in deaths and displacement of people, coupled with destruction of property. The worst affected areas are Chivi and Masvingo districts in Masvingo province and Tsholotsho district in Matabeleland North.

The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) in its hydrological update on 5 February warned that the country’s dam levels continue to increase due to the inflows from the rainfall activities in most parts of the country. The national dam levels increased signicantly by 10.29 per cent since 27 January 2014 and now stand at 71 per cent full. Chances of flooding in flood prone areas such as Muzarabani, Gokwe, Middle Sabi, Tsholotsho, Malapati and Chikwalakwala remain high due to signicant flows in the major rivers.
Below is a summary of reports received on the impact of incessant rains in various provinces.

Humanitarian partners are appealing for assistance in order to support Government efforts.

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