Zimbabwe: Flash Floods - Feb 2014
Heavy rains in parts of Zimbabwe in late January and early February 2014 resulted in deaths and displacement of people, coupled with destruction of property. The worst affected areas were Chivi and Masvingo districts in Masvingo province and Tsholotsho district in Matabeleland North (OCHA, 07 Feb 2014). On 11 Feb, Zimbabwean authorities launched an international appeal for $20 million to help some 20,000 people displaced by flooding (Govt, 12 Feb 2014).
By the end of February, an estimated 2,194 households had been moved to the Chingwizi resettlement camp(OCHA, 28 Feb 2014). By 16 May, an estimated 15,625 people were living at Chingwizi(OCHA, 16 May 2014). In August, the Government officially closed the Chingiwizi transit camp (The Zimbabwean, 19 Aug 2014).
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.