Zimbabwe Floods Up-date
© Richard Nyamanhindi 19/02/2014
Limited learning and recreation is available for the children in the 2,514 affected households at the transit sites and the relocation site.
There is currently little risk of the Tokwe
Mukosi Dam bursting, according to national authorities.
An estimated 2,514 households affected by
rising river levels upstream from the dam are being moved to a relocation site
via 5 transit points. To date around 650 households have been relocated.
While the provision of aid is being stepped
up, significant humanitarian needs remain at the transit points and relocation
site, especially in the sectors of water, sanitation, health, shelter,
education and food.
With the declaration of a State of Disaster
and the Government’s launching of a US$20 million Emergency Appeal,
humanitarian partners are developing an emergency response plan targeting
urgent needs to complement Government’s efforts.
- 2,514 affected households
- 650 households moved to the relocation sites
- 1,864 households still to be moved
- US$3.5m estimated to be required for the response
- US$0.8m available in the Emergency Response
Affected communities have been directed to
gather at five designated transit points: Zunga Primary School and Zifunze
Secondary School in Chivi district; and Gunikuni shopping centre, Gororo
Secondary School and Rarangwe Primary School in Masvingo district. From these
transit points transportation is being provided to the relocation site;
however, households require support in reaching the transit sites.
a joint assessment conducted on 14 February, there are an average of 50 to 80
households at each transit point, and waiting times for transport to the
relocation site ranges from 3 to 7 days. While the number of trucks provided by
both Government and partners have increased to about 50, more logistical
support is required. Each truck can carry about 2 households at a time, and can
make the trip twice a day. There is only truck that can transport cattle –
about 40 head per trip, which can be undertaken once a day.
- The flooding affected three primary schools
(Zunge, Zifunzi and Cheuke in Chivi district) and two secondary schools
(Kushinga and Neruvanga in Chivi district). Data on the numbers of school
children affected will not be available until registration is completed, but
estimates are that 2,000 school-going children will need emergency support.
- Limited learning and recreation is
available for the children in the 2,514 affected households at the transit
sites and the relocation site.
- Voluntary separation of some school
children have been reported as some parents opted for alternative boarding
facilities rather than relocating their school-going children.
- Out-of-school youths will be identified
- A recent rapid assessment conducted by
UNICEF and Plan International included needs in education. A school site has
been identified and UNICEF provided five tents, which were delivered by IOM on
Gaps & Constraints:
- There is a disruption of learning at the
schools currently being used as transit points.
- Approximately 1,000 pupils have been
separated from their parents and are staying with relatives to enable them to
- Furniture, stationery and supplies are
required for an estimated 2,000 children at three sites (including early childhood
development kits and school in a box kits.
- There are gaps in shelter, equipment and
supplies for learning. The establishment of early childhood development centers
is being considered.
- Protection issues at both the transit
points and relocation site remains a concern.
- Vulnerable people, particularly the
elderly, widows and child-headed households traumatized by the movement require
- Voluntary separation has been described by
various community members. This was designed to manage the family’s limited
resources and to adapt to the limited availability of social services such as
- Services need to cater for adolescents and
out-of-school youth is needed.
- Security is required at the relocation
- About 189 army and police details are
manning the transit sites to provide security.
- Childline is planning to support community
counselling and the setting up of systems to manage cases of gender based
violence and child abuse.
- ZRCS is providing some psycho-social
support to traumatized families; UNICEF is assessing how it could support
partners in the provision of psycho-social support.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
- Water and sanitation remains a serious
concern at the relocation site.
- UNICEF water trucking for two weeks
commenced at the relocation site and transit points. Temporary water storage
containers will be utilized. This will cater for the approximately 650 families
currently settled at the relocation site.
- 22 latrines have been installed at the
relocation site by ZRCS.
- Through the support of humanitarian partners,
including UNICEF, Action Contre La Faim (ACF) and Welthungerhilfe (WHH), all
WASH needs are currently being met at the transit points.
- A total of 2,514 hygiene kits (water
treatment tablets and soap) have been distributed, along with hygiene promotion,
by UNICEF partnering with WHH.
Gaps & Constraints:
- Immediate and mid-term needs include water
trucking services, additional latrines, borehole drilling (at least 63 boreholes
are needed) and water quality analysis.
- WASH supplies for hygiene and disinfection
are required for the transit and relocation sites. Sanitary towels are also
required for women.
- To support hygiene promotion for 2,514
households, materials for behavior change communication are required.
- More latrines are needed.
For more details go to: TOKWE-MUKOSI