14 February 2014

Zimbabwe: Relief for Tokwe Mukosi Flood Victims

Photo: Nehanda Radio
Tokwe Mukosi Dam cracking following heavy rains

OVER one hundred tonnes of maize and thousands of blankets and tents have been donated to Tokwe-Murkosi families whose homes and property were destroyed by floods.

The donations came soon after Government launched an international appeal for US$20 million and also urged Zimbabweans to help affected families in whatever way possible.

The donated material will be used at transit camps in Chivi, and by families already resettled in the Chingwizi section of Nuanetsi Ranch in Mwenezi.

Speaking Wednesday at the handover of goods donated by the Zimbabwe Women on a Mission Investment Trust (ZWOMIT) and other organisations at Zunga transit camp, Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti commended the speedy response by the Trust.

"We are very happy with the level of intervention and help that is streaming in from various corners after President Mugabe declared a state of disaster at Tokwe-Murkosi Dam and downstream areas," he said.

Some of the affected families said the donation came in handy as most were relying on a meal a day.

"Most of our food was washed away by the floods. We were surviving on one meal a day and we are grateful for the food donations, at least our children now have something eat while we focus on building our new homes," said Beauty Chinembiri.

Minister Bhasikiti said government still needed trucks to ferry affected villagers from Zunga transit camp to Chimgwizi were they are to be resettled.

"We still have to evacuate nearly 2000 people from the transit camp and we are appealing for more trucks," Bhasikiti said.

A ZWOMIT delegation led by Tsitsi Sekeremayi, wife of Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi, handed over 10 tonnes of maize and mealie-meal, sanitary pads, tents for 3 000 people, and groceries.

Chivi Rural District Council chairperson and councillor for Zunga Killer Zivhu, pledged two trucks to assist in transportation of families still in the flood basin.

Zivhu also paid US$1,200 to scotch-cart operators in the area to help move affected families and also donated 2 000 tents to shelter families in Chingwizi.

Zimbabwe Farmers Union president Silas Hungwe handed over three tonnes of maize on behalf of his organisation.

The Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing said it required relief items including food, potable water, bowsers, plastic buckets, cooking utensils, soap and sanitary wear.

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