Massive floods expose government lack of preparedness

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  • Many marooned for hours

GOVERNMENT’S inability to deal with floods has been brought into question following its failure to mitigate the effects of floods currently wreaking havoc around the country.

Affected villagers say they only received warning messages post-floods yet ideal disaster management should be pro-active, preparing well for the threat of floods and other associated eventualities.

In an interview with this publication, Civil Protection Unit (CPU) director Nathan Nkomo said they had swiftly deployed rescue teams to evacuate marooned villagers, adding that houses would be built for those affected in Chimanimani.

“We have ZWL78 million and construction is underway after we received ZWL20 million for the construction of houses for Chimanimani residents, and it would create jobs for the youths,” he said.

Meanwhile, five students are feared dead after they were swept away on Thursday following floods that hit Masvingo.

Community Climate Action said it had received on February 10 indicating that floods had hit Nsungwaale village which is under chief Sinakoma in Binga due to incessant rains.

People have been marooned, still stuck in trees at the centre of raging rivers,” Community Climate Action said.

One man is reported to have been swept away in front of his wife,” according to one local.

If reports are indeed representative of the extent of the disaster, then speedy help is desperately needed in these Binga floods.

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