Zimbabwe: Relief and recovery work for flood victims continues

IOM teams continue to provide much-needed relief assistance to thousands of vulnerable families, who have been severely affected by flooding in many areas of north and eastern Zimbabwe.

IOM's relief activities are targeting the most destitute, including people living with HIV/AIDS, single-headed female households, the elderly and the physically disabled, as well as children to provide them with shelter, non-food assistance such as household items and mosquito nets, safe drinking water, sanitation and health facilities.

In the low-lying Zambezi Valley district of Muzarabani, IOM continues to provide flood affected households with water purifying tablets, tarpaulins, blankets and mosquito nets as well as Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials.

In the Save Valley area in Chipinge, Manicaland, some 3,000 households that lost all their worldly possessions to the late December floods are also receiving blankets, mosquito nets, emergency shelter materials and IEC materials.

IOM's interventions are currently focusing on bringing assistance to Tongogara Refugee Camp, and to the areas of Farm 25, Maronga, Chibuwe, Chiso, Masimbe, Gumira, Maparadze, Chisuma and Mahenye.

In Harare, the communities of Epworth and Caledonia continue to be affected by the rains with the collapse of building structures and a breakdown of sanitary infrastructures.

In Caledonia, IOM assisted 339 households with shelter, distributed 602 blankets and 259 mosquito nets. Additionally, 272 households were assisted with materials for emergency pit latrines due to damage and the destruction of facilities.

Beyond the emergency phase, IOM is planning early recovery activities through the construction of transitional shelters and support for the revitalization of livelihoods.

IOM's assistance to flood victims is made possible through the support of Sweden, United Kingdom, United States and the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Department ECHO, and in cooperation with the Civil Protection Unit of Zimbabwe

For further information, please contact Erin Foster at IOM Harare, Tel +263 433 50 48, email: efoster@iom.int