Zimbabwe – 10 Dead After Floods in 6 Provinces

Several days of heavy rainfall has resulted in flooding across wide areas of Zimbabwe.

As many as 20 houses have been completely destroyed, with a further 30 or more damaged by the floods. At least 10 people have died in the flooding and around 200 families have been displaced.

Affected Areas

At least 6 provinces have been affected by the floods so far, including Mashonaland West, East and Central, Midlands, Manicaland and Masvingo.

Ten people are said to have died as result of the flooding in Mashonaland West province. Some reports claim at least 8 of the deaths occurred when a car drove into a swollen river.

In Mashonaland Central, 60 families in Mbire and Kanyemba have been displaced while in Muzarabani 80 households need assistance, according to local Red Cross sources.

Nineteen houses have collapsed as a result of flooding in the Gokwe districts, Midlands province.

One young girl is reported to have drowned in flood water in Manicaland province. The Save River and tributaries are close to overflowing, threatening wide areas of the province, including the Tongogara refugee camp, home to thousands of refugees.

In the Chiredzi district in Masvingo province, 32 houses have been damaged by flooding. Floods are also thought to be affecting wider areas of Masvingo province, although details are as yet unclear.

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Car in flood water in Zimbabwe, January 2015. Photo: Zimbabwe Red Cross

Aid and Relief

On Monday 5 January 2015, a statement from the Zimbabwe Red Cross said that Zimbabwe Red Cross Society provincial structures around the country are responding and continue monitoring the situation. They are working with officials from the Civil Protection Unit (CPU) and the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare on planning a response.

The statement went on:

Urgent needs for the victims include tents and tarpaulins for shelter, food, health and hygiene materials and blankets among other necessities. The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society is working on averting the challenges in affected areas and has called on local stakeholders like Corporates, churches and individuals to partner them in their efforts to alleviate human suffering.