Update on UN Response to Flood Affected Populations in Masvingo

Harare, 13 March 2014 - United Nations Agencies, in collaboration with partners, have supported the Government of Zimbabwe to provide assistance to the 3,338 households affected by floods in the Tokwe Mukorsi basin and surroundings. 

The support provided so far at Government coordinated transit points as well as at the relocation site (Chingwizi) includes: establishing temporary clinics; providing food rations, temporary shelter materials and hygiene kits; continued water trucking while boreholes are being drilled; emergency sanitation facilities, as well as providing psycho-social services.

The United Nations believes that while addressing the immediate humanitarian needs, there is equally a need to expedite the permanent resettlement of the affected population to enable them to return to normalcy. The Chingwizi camp must be decongested as soon as possible in order to avoid a potential disease outbreak. In this regard, the United Nations is encouraged with the Government’s initiation of permanent resettlement.

The United Nations will continue to engage and work closely with the relevant authorities and partners to support affected communities.