Zimbabwe - Floods

Situation Report

Highlights

  • 299 deaths have been recorded and 329 people are still missing, according to the Government.
  • Latest assessments indicate that the homes of some tens of thousands of people have been destroyed or damaged beyond habitability.
  • Revised Flash Appeal requires US$294 million to respond to the drought and Cyclone Idai.
  • Food Cluster partners have so far assisted an estimated 30,000 people in the worst-affected areas of Chimanimani and Chipinge.
  • Access to a sufficient quantity of water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene has been restored for 43,000 people.
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Key Figures

270K
affected people
$60M
Cyclone Idai requirements
43,000
people have restored access to clean water

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Funding

$467.9M
Required
$239.4M
Received
51%
Progress
FTS

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Contacts

Guiomar Pau Sole

Head, Communications Unit, OCHA ROSEA

Zimbabwe - Floods

Situation Report
Background

SITUATION OVERVIEW

• Following the landfall of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique on 14 March, eastern provinces of Zimbabwe experienced torrential rainfall. The combination of high winds and heavy rain in the districts of Chimanimani, Chipinge, Buhera, Nyanga, Makoni, Mutare Rural, Bikita, Masvingo and Gutu caused riverine and flash flooding, as well as landslides, causing significant loss of life, injury and displacement. • At least 299 deaths and 186 injuries have been reported, and 329 people were reported missing as of 3 April, according to the government. The international community with operational partners are finalizing targeting and distribution planning, and multi-sectoral support is being delivered. Temporary repairs have been completed on roads and bridges to Chimanimani town and most other cut-off areas; access is open for relief transports to all but three wards. However, the temporary repairs may be fragile and may not withstand heavy traffic or more torrential rain. • The homes of at least 4,000 households are destroyed or currently uninhabitable. This is expected to increase as Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) assessments are finalized. The vast majority are finding emergency accommodation with hosts in the extended community. Households hosting displaced people will require support to continue accommodating them until other permanent or temporary shelter solutions are on line. In the seven districts affected by the Cyclone Idai—Chipinge, Chimanimani, Buhera, Bikita, Mutare, Gutu, and Chiredzi—multisectoral

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Analysis
fund

FUNDING

The revised Flash Appeal that calls for US$294 million, including $60 million for the Cyclone Idai response, was launched on 5 April. Response to the cyclone component from the donor community now totals $8 million committed (14% of requirements). Member States whose contributions are not yet reflected in FTS are encouraged to report as soon as possible: https://fts.unocha.org/content/report-contribution.

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Cluster Status

Camp Coordination and Camp Management

3
temporary camps will be established

Needs

  • A temporary camp has been established at Skyline, and two additional temporary camps will be established at Wengezi and Ngangu. However more assessment, and intention surveys, are needed to ascertain whether displaced people would intend to stay in such camps, as opposed to host families or other options. To inform their intentions, timelines and scenarios should be developed and consulted for return and reconstruction, or (in some cases, for example those whose land is too dangerous to rebuild a home on) relocation.

Response

  • As lead of the S-NFI-CCCM cluster, IOM undertook focus-group discussions with the displaced communities residing in collective centres in Chimanimani.

  • IOM planning to bring a site planner to support possible temporary displacement centers. UNHCR are able to leverage a shelter engineer to support in the same

  • IOM has engaged a partner to set up a hotline that can act as a community feedback mechanism. The mechanism will be rolled out next week.

Gaps

  • There is a need for better understanding of guidelines on principled relocations as well as the development of a clear long-term plan to support those who are displaced.

  • There are ongoing protection concerns in collective centres, particularly where the displaced population is housed in areas where armed forces are also occupying accommodation space.

  • More planning is needed at the planned temporary displacement sites in Arboretum and Pondo farm. Sphere standards for space allocation, WASH facilities, protection recommendations and appropriate drainage are not yet met

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