Zimbabwe: At least 850 people in the Siphepha area in Tsholotsho District were displaced by flooding – Published 27 Feb 2017 1952z (GMT/UTC)

At least 850 people in the Siphepha area in Tsholotsho District were displaced by flooding and subsequently evacuated to a local primary school and hospital by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, the Civil Protection Unit has said. In its latest situation report released last week, Tsholotsho District was the most affected. “Tsholotsho is arguably the most severely affected district in the country to date and a considerable number of households have lost their homes to flooding or excessive moisture. “The total number of the displaced is 850 to date inclusive of schoolchildren and infants. The local school is also flooded and children cannot access the school. Flooding in the area reached waist level,” said CPU. The CPU said a plan of action for response was already in place. It said the needs or damage assessment — inclusive of mapping of the flooded area — would be conducted by the sub national civil protection structures with the support of the national civil protection committee. It was providing critical basic needs such as food, water and sanitation, shelter and protection, health services and continuity of schooling. There are also ongoing efforts in mobilising the necessary resources for response. The #ZimbabweDefenceForces is providing air rescue services. The #RedCross Society and International Organisation for Migration have also chipped in providing clothing, shoes, school bags, jerry cans, blankets, mosquito nets and toiletries. The Department of Social Welfare provided maize and rice for the community. Germany #AgroAction and #UNICEF provided plastic buckets, bars of soap, water treatment tablets as well as class- room tents while the #ZimbabweRedCrossSociety availed tents, plastic sheeting and sun plates while #PlanInternational provided three vehicles for use and fuel.

RSOE February 27 2017 05:11 PM (UTC).