Masvingo flood victims get assistance

Walter Mswazie Masvingo Correspondent
THE Zimbabwe Red Cross Society has moved in to assist about 400 families affected by floods along Tokwe River leading to Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam, an official has said. Chivi District Administrator Benard Hadzirabwi commended private partners for working with government in assisting the affected families. “After the media highlighted the plight of people at Tokwe-Mukorsi, Zimbabwe Red Cross Society has chipped in with 600 tents and more are still coming.  The tents will serve as makeshift accommodation for the affected families,” he said.

“The tents will go a long way in assisting villagers keep their property safe and for their accommodation. Their belongings are to be kept somewhere while we are preparing to evacuate them to safe destinations in Mwenezi. Since yesterday, we have moved five families to Mwenezi’s Chingwizi area from the flood basin.”

Hadzirabwi said CMED also provided five tractors while five trucks have also been sourced for transporting people and their belongings to safe places.
He said while the water levels at Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam were increasing, the feeder Tokwe River was still flooded.

“The situation remains critical because the water levels in the dam are increasing. Tokwe River is still flooded and water is fast advancing towards people’s homesteads. However, we have not recorded any loss of life, human or livestock,” Hadzirabwi said.

He said 6,000 families from Tokwe-Mukorsi will be relocated with close to 1,000 having been moved already.

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