Zimbabwe: Floods DREF operation n° MDRZW007 Final report


GLIDE n° FL-2013-000011-ZWE


  • CHF 266,514 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) in February 2013 to support the Zimbabwe Red Cross (ZRCS) in delivering assistance to some 3,500 beneficiaries (700 households) and to replenish its disaster preparedness stocks.

  • DREF operation update no. 1 was issued in the 8 May 2013 to provide for a one month extension to enable implementation of activities delayed due to a severe hailstorm.

  • DREF Operations Update no. 2 was issued on the 7 June 2013 to revise the operation to include the response to the hailstorm and provide for a month’s extension to implement the final activities.

Continuous heavy rains and hailstorms across the country caused flooding, which resulted in destruction of property, infrastructure and livestock. Six provinces were affected, namely Matebeleland South, Matebeleland North, Midlands, Masvingo, Mashonaland Central and Manicaland being the worst affected by the storms and flooding.

Within the operational timeframe, a hailstorm hit Mberengwa, resulting in the death of two children and physical injuries to others. The hailstorm resulted in the destruction of homes, livelihoods and infrastructure. A total of 581 families were affected, and as a result of limited to no response from other actors, ZRCS responded to the needs of the affected families the emergency through the DREF resources allocated to the floods response.

The operation was initially planned to start from 7 February 2013 and finish by 7 May 2013. However, the operation was extended until 7 June 2013 in order to complete the construction of latrines; which were not possible during the peak of the floods due to water logged soils. The timeframe extension also enabled an internal review and lessons learnt workshop to be held near the end of the operation timeframe.

All activities planned under this DREF operation were implemented and this narrative is final in terms of activities carried out, with a final financial report attached. A balance of CHF 18,741 will be returned to DREF