by Stephen Chandisareva.

Harare, Zimbabwe.(News of the South) – Government on Wednesday received a donation of $1.6million from United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund to assist flood victims in various parts of the country.

Speaking at the handover ceremony held in the capital, Local Government Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviours Kasukuwere expressed his gratitude to United Nations and assured the nation that the fund donation will go a long way in assisting flood
victims.

“On behalf of the government of Zimbabwe and on my behalf as the Chairperson of the government Committee on Emergence Preparedness and
Disaster Management, l would like to extent my sincere appreciation
for the UN support since the onset of disaster.




“Let me hasten to highlight that the fund will be used for their intended purposes, restoring safe water, sanitation and hygiene, provision of emergence shelter and non-food items for the flood affected people. I’m very grateful to the UN family for their donation.

Speaking at the same occasion, UN resident coordinator Mr Bishow
Parajuli said the fund donation was an additional fund to $8.2 million
allocated last year in response to the severe drought that affected over 4million Zimbabweans in rural areas.

“I also want to mention that $1,6million is an additional funding of $8million that we mobilised during the period of drought.

Mr Parajuli said the $1.6million dollars will help all the disadvantaged communities countrywide and is geared towards building
national resilience and strong contingency measures.

In March this year, Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko launched an
international humanitarian appeal following floods that affected all
the country’s provinces.

The appeal for assistance came after President Mugabe declared the floods a state of disaster as they have ravaged most parts of the country.

The floods resulted in 74 schools being damaged, 70 dams breached with
five health institutions damaged. 128 people were injured and 1576
marooned, while 1985 were left homeless in floods that left a trail of
destructions.

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