Zimbabwe: Urgent relief needed in flood-hit Zambezi Valley

source: SW Radio Africa

By Henry Makiwa
18 December 2007

Aid agencies have called on the government to urgently address the welfare of thousands of flood victims in the north of the country, after three people were killed and many left homeless.

According to reports an estimated 1 000 people in the Muzarabani district lost their homes, livestock and crops to the floods. It is understood that on Friday an Air Force of Zimbabwe helicopter was sent to rescue flood victims, but there has been no report back yet from the scene. A key bridge in the district has been swept away leaving many stranded.

The Red Cross organisation which helps with relief, says it plans to distribute water purification tablets, blankets and food to villagers in the area, below the Zambezi escarpment, which has been [continue reading]



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