Over 160 Houses Destroyed in Zimbabwe Floods

Recent floods in Zimbabwe have affected widespread areas, and according to Zimbabwe Red Cross, have destroyed over 160 houses. Red Cross volunteers are currently assisting with shelter construction in some of the affected areas.

Red Cross volunteers re-building houses in flood affected areas. Photo: Zimbabwe Red Cross Society
Red Cross volunteers re-building houses in flood affected areas. Photo: Zimbabwe Red Cross Society

The Red Cross said that “in most affected areas, homes have been razed down, bridges and water sources destroyed or under water while crops have been washed away”.

Talking to News Day Zimbabwe earlier today, Zimbabwe Red Cross Society spokesperson Takemore Mazuruse said that so far they have been able to establish that at least 160 homes have been destroyed in the floods.

Relief items have been distributed to some of those affected by the floods. In a statement made yesterday, the Zimbabwe Red Cross said:

As the early 2015 floods continue in Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society has started distribution of relief materials to affected areas in Mashonaland Central and Mashonaland West provinces as well as Hopley, Epworth and Mbare in Harare…Relief materials being distributed include tarpaulins for shelter, blankets, kitchen sets, water buckets and aqua tablets.

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Aid distribution in flood hit areas of Zimbabwe. Photo: Zimbabwe Red Cross Society

Floods first struck in 6 provinces of the country on 3 and 4 January 2015. at least 10 people have been reported as killed in the flooding.

Detailed assessments of the damage caused by recent flooding in Zimbabwe are still being carried out by aid agencies and Zimbabwe’s Civil Protection Unit (CPU).

flood damage assessment. Photo: Zimbabwe Red Cross Society
Flood damage assessment. Photo: Zimbabwe Red Cross Society