Weekend Post (South Africa)

Zim appeals for aid as 246 die in floods

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AT least 246 people have been killed by floods in Zimbabwe since December, state media reported yesterday, as the government launched an appeal for foreign aid.

The Herald newspaper said at least 128 people had been injured, 2 000 left homeless, 74 schools damaged and 70 dams had burst in floods across the country that followed a prolonged drought.

“There is an inadequate supply of tents, foodstuffs and drugs for the affected people,” Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere told the paper.

“There is a need for blankets and clothing for the affected families and they are at risk of contractin­g pneumonia and acute respirator­y infections.”

He appealed for emergency funding from internatio­nal donors, private companies and the public.

“After working hard responding to the effects of drought, the same people are now suffering because of excessive floods,” the United Nations Developmen­t Programme’s Bishow Parajuli told The Herald.

Kasukuwere said rainfall levels had been above normal in recent months. Among the worst-affected areas were south-western districts including Tsholotsho. – AFP

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