Zim hit by deadly floods after drought

Written by  BBC

Zimbabwe has appealed for USD100 million to help those hit by floods that have killed 246 people since December.

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March

According to BBC, officials say floods which follow a crippling drought, have swept through villages, destroying roads, crops and livestock in the south of the country.

The air force has transported some marooned villagers to safety.

 

Last week, the cash-strapped government was criticised for reportedly spending up to USD2 million to celebrate President Robert Mugabe's 93rd birthday. BBC reports.

Mr Mugabe has declared the floods a national disaster.

 

Around 2,000 people have been left homeless by the floods, with a further 1,500 described as "marooned", in an official government briefing, with communities cut off by the damage to roads.

Five bridges on major highways have been swept away, Transport Minister Joram Gumbo told local media.

 

The deadly floods have compounded the problems facing many Zimbabweans, who are still reeling from the affects of a crippling drought.

More than four million people are estimated to be in need of food aid after rains failed last year.

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