Natalia López-Thismón, ADRA International
Thousands of vulnerable villagers are evacuating the areas surrounding the Tokwe Murkosi Dam in Zimbabwe. The water behind the dam, which is currently under construction, rose to 671 meters (2,201 feet) above sea level on February 3, threatening the lives of thousands of people and their livestock.
Given the magnitude of the flooding threat, Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe declared a state of disaster, and the government has requested international aid to help evacuate 60,000 people who are at risk of being swept away by the flooding.
ADRA, together with local and international partners, have determined that priority needs in the affected area are the evacuation of villagers, and the provision of food, and non-food items such as blankets, jerry cans for potable water, clothes, mosquito nets, sanitation items, and water treatment.
ADRA is continuing to assess the situation and planning further emergency response. More information will be posted as it becomes available.