Flooding has once again hit parts of Matabeleland North Province in northern Zimbabwe, this time causing severe damage in Binga District.
Flooding struck on 11 February and has damaged or destroyed bridges, roads and over 180 homes in Binga District in Matabeleland North Province, according to local media. At least 37 homes have been completely destroyed. One person has reportedly died in the flooding.
Flooding struck on after days of heavy rain. Local media said hundreds of villagers perched in trees for safety for 24 hours.
Local authorities said the flooded area is where four rivers meet: the Sibwambwa, Sikanda, Namakande and Manyenyengwa. They added that the Airforce of Zimbabwe has mobilised two helicopters to assist affected families. Authorities have also started to distribute food, tents and relief items to affected areas.
Last month flooding struck in neighbouring Hwange district in Matabeleland North.
Meanwhile flooding has also affected parts of Manicaland Province in eastern Zimbabwe. Local media reported material damages, including bridges, in Chipinge and Chimanimani districts.
Chimanimani is close to the border with Mozambique, and about 60km from Sussundenga in Manica Province, where 2 people recently died in flash flooding.
Women and girls' dignity must be priority at all times.
— UNFPA ZIMBABWE (@UNFPA_Zimbabwe) February 17, 2020
The Civil Protection Unit (CPU) said one person was killed while 34 families were rescued following floods that hit Matabeleland North’s Binga district recently. The families were evacuated between Monday evening and Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/ca5eFCatXM
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Press statement on flash floods in Binga pic.twitter.com/YURyvqaLz0
— Binga District Residents Association (@BingaResidents) February 11, 2020