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).
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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.”