Zimbabwe - Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 1

Ref: OCHA/GVA-2000/0036
Zimbabwe - Floods
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
2 March 2000


1. Serious flooding, due to the exceptional heavy rainy season, had already occurred in several provinces of the country, when cyclone Eline struck. Four of the country's eight provinces were affected: Manicaland, Masvingo, Midlands and Matabeleland, towards the border with South Africa and Mozambique.

2. Damage was done to homes, communication lines, livestock and standing crops. Assessments are ongoing by the responsible Government services. Progress however is slow, since most of the seriously affected districts in the provinces are accessible only by air. Preliminary official estimates indicate that Manicaland has the highest figure of flood victims: over 400,000. In total more than 500,000 people are affected. 20 confirmed deaths by floodwaters and 40 people died, when their bus was swept off a bridge.

National and International Response

3. A state of disaster has been declared. Civil protection services, re-inforced with units from the military and police, have been rescuing marooned people in all affected provinces. Following an appeal to the public for solidarity, tents, food and medicines have been donated.

4. United Nations agencies, UNICEF, WHO and UNDP are assisting the Government in assessing the situation as the basis for an emergency appeal. A UN team has left for Manicaland on 1 March and will return to Harare on Saturday 4 March.

5. An OCHA team has arrived in Harare today, on a mission to Zimbabwe, Botswana and Swaziland. The team will advise, and if need be assist, the respective government services and UNDMTs in the appeal preparation process.


6. The Government has indicated the need for yet unquantified amounts of: food, tents, drugs, and blankets, clothing, temporary toilets and funds for repair of virtual infrastructure. More details are expected to be provided shortly.

7. OCHA is prepared to serve as a channel for cash contributions for the immediate relief needs. Funds channelled through OCHA will be spent in co-ordination with the relevant organisations of the UN system and OCHA will provide written confirmation of their use. Funds should be transferred to OCHA Account No. CO-590.160.1 SWIFT-code UBSWCHZ12A - at the UBS AG, PO Box 2770, CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland, with reference: OCHA - Zimbabwe - Floods 2000.

8. For co-ordination purposes, donors are requested to inform OCHA Geneva, as indicated below, of relief missions, pledges or contributions and their corresponding value by item.

9. This Situation Report and further information on ongoing emergencies are also available on the OCHA Internet Website at: http://www.reliefweb.int

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