Floods strike Zimbabwe

Posted: 22nd April 2014 by admin in Remittance methods
Heavy rains have been drenching the country since January, causing widespread flooding along rivers. Many parts of the country, from Muzarabani up in the north to Beitbridge down in the south, are now experiencing the worst floods in many years, as water inundates villages, farms, homes and major vital roads.Heavy rains for the past four weeks have swelled rivers and cut-off bridges and traffic to many parts of the country. Weeks of heavy rain have left large parts of the Masvingo, Midlands and Matabeleland South provinces under water with the levels of most dams and rivers appearing to have peaked, leaving the situation critical in many areas, particularly along rivers. The major road that links Bulawayo to South Africa via Beitbridge was cut-off for hours between Saturday and Sunday when the Mtshabezi river bridge in Gwanda was submerged by torrents of non-stop rain.Even though rains has brought joy to the city of Bulawayo which has been struggling with water supply, not the same can be said to rural areas like Masvingo, the region has received 850mm of rain nearly double that annual average according to local officials, they are fears that the unfinished Tokwe-Mukosi Dam, which is being built with government funding by an ltalian company, Salini, will not withstand the volume of water. With a country were the poor solely depending on farming for survival the little which you have made if you are a Zimbabwean living abroad you have to make sure you send money home because floods have left most Zimbabwean devastated, as some families were relocated because they are located near the riverbanks. Heavy rains around the country have resulted in flooding in many areas, leaving communities stranded. Six people are known to have died, and homes, crops and livestock have all been washed away.