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06 Mar 2015 description
report Voice of America

Blessing Zulu

WASHINGTON DC— International human rights group, Human Rights Watch, has appealed to the United Nations to assist the more than 20,000 people affected by the flooding of the Tokwe Mukosi basin in 2014.

The rights group is accusing the government of neglecting the flood victims.

The families were first relocated at Chingwizi Camp and have since been transferred to Nuanetsi Ranch, which even the government has admitted is not habitable.

The area is infested with killer spiders, snakes and unsafe and scarce water.

08 Jan 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

by Regerai Tukutuku

The government says it has finished constructing the giant Tokwe Mukosi dam in Chivi district in Masvingo province at a cost over half a billion dollars, bringing joy to farmers in the lowveld.

The completion of the dam comes amid concerns of flooding along the dam basin as dozens of people who were displaced by floods last year have reinvaded the area.

“There are a few touches that have to be done but in actual fact we can say the dam is complete,” said Masvingo provincial administrator Felix Chikovo last week.

08 Jan 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

by Regerai Tukutuku

The government will this year build a primary and secondary school at Chingwizi camp to cater for thousands of school children who dropped out of school due to flooding in the Tokwe Mukosi dam basin last year.

Officially opening a classroom and office block at Victoria primary school in Masvingo recently, Education Minister Lazarus Dokora said: “We want to make sure that those who dropped out of school are catered for in 2015.”

03 Oct 2014 description
report The Zimbabwean

Government has secured $2 million dollars to compensate the flood victims in Masvingo who have been living under inhuman conditions since February this year.

Some of the villagers started getting their compensation funds last week amid reports that the government was still pumping out a reported $300,000 every month to feed the 12,000 flood victims now living on Nuanetsi Ranch.

27 May 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • An estimated 383,261 people were affected by floods or storms and at least 117 people lost their lives during the 2013/2014 rainfall season.

  • Tropical Cyclone Hellen, which impacted Mozambique, Comoros and Madagascar in late March, was one of the most powerful cyclones ever recorded in the Mozambique Channel.

  • In Zimbabwe, the more than 15,625 people evacuated remain in dire living conditions.

16 May 2014 description
report The Zimbabwean

by Tonderai Saharo

Amid the gloom of life among victims of the Tokwe Mukosi dam floods housed in tents at Chingwizi camp, some enterprising individuals have come up with novel ways of earning a living.

Jaison Chiveza, 39, has brought together a group of 65 women and men into sewing and knitting club, with the objective of making uniforms for the new Chingwizi school.

06 May 2014 description

Syria: Fierce fighting between opposition groups has led to further displacement in Deir-ez-Zor while a truce between the Government and the opposition is expected to see the Old City of Homs handed over to the Government after its recent campaign to retake it.

22 Apr 2014 description
report Voice of America

WASHINGTON DC — Tensions are rising at Chingwizi holding camp in Masvingo as the cash-strapped government fails to raise more than $9 million needed to compensate villagers displaced by flooding at Tokwe-Mukosi Dam.

The escalating tensions have forced the government to deploy riot police and other security details.

Two villagers have since been arrested after clashes between villagers, who have moved to a permanent settlement at Nuanetsi Ranch, and those currently demanding compensation from the government before they can relocate.

17 Apr 2014 description
report The Zimbabwean

by Pamenus Tuso

When Portia Mucharemba and other ward 19 villagers in Shurugwi were relocated from their homesteads and farming plots in 2000 to pave the way for the Anglo-Platinum Unki Mine, their world seemed to have collapsed.

Mucharemba and other farmers were settled in the area in 1982 during the first and orderly phase of the government’s resettlement programme. Until their relocation from the area, the farmers had been surviving thanks to an old irrigation scheme left by the previous white owner of the farm.

01 Apr 2014 description

Syria: Violence continues with government forces shelling areas recently gained by opposition fighters in Lattakia province, along the western Turkish border. In the northeast, aid convoys have crossed from Turkey, enabling relief agencies to deliver assistance to communities in need at the border area. In a further political development, the Turkish government stated its readiness to launch cross-border military operations in Syria if its national security was threatened.

10 Mar 2014 description

Highlights

  • To date 3,338 households have been moved to Chingwizi resettlement camp.

  • The growing population at the camp makes planning difficult and is further straining limited facilities and resources.

  • Heavy rains at Chingwizi on 2 and 3 March have raised fresh shelter and health concerns.

  • There is sufficient food up to end of March, after which more support will be required.

28 Feb 2014 description

Highlights

  • To date 2,194 households have been moved to the Chingwizi resettlement camp, with around 100 additional households arriving daily.

  • 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.

  • Humanitarian assistance continues, but gaps remain and are in some sectors increasing as more people are moved to the resettlement camp.

20 Feb 2014 description

HARARE – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, begins a visit to Zimbabwe today. She will meet senior government officials and local representatives of donor governments to discuss WFP operations and issues of food and nutrition security in the country.

During her stay, she will visit a WFP programme providing food assistance to people living with HIV receiving treatment at Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital in Harare.

18 Feb 2014 description

Highlights

  • There is currently little risk of the Tokwe Mukorsi Dam bursting, according to national authorities.

  • An estimated 2,514 households affected by rising river levels upstream from the dam are being moved to a relocation site via 5 transit points. To date around 650 households have been relocated.

  • While the provision of aid is being stepped up, significant humanitarian needs remain at the transit points and relocation site, especially in the sectors of water, sanitation, health, shelter, education and food.