The Government of Zimbabwe recently availed US$800 000 to the Airforce of Zimbabwe as the Department of Civil Protection escalates its disaster preparedness ahead of heavy rains that are currently in several parts of the country.
Flooding is anticipated in some low-lying areas and government has since activated its disaster risk management systems.
“We have managed to extend an US$800 000 package to the Airforce of Zimbabwe for them to fuel the planes which will be used to rescue our people during this critical time,” confirmed Minister of Local Government and Public Works, July Moyo.
“I want to urge fellow Zimbabweans to alert the risk disaster management teams timeously in the event of floods. I am pleased to inform you that the new Disaster Risk Management Bill emphasizes the role of Village and Ward Assemblies in Disaster Risk Reduction. The existence of 35 000 Village Heads around the country is the critical mass the country is harnessing in tackling preparedness and response to any forms of hazards,” he said.
On other evacuation mechanisms that have been put in place, government says all districts have identified the centres to house victims while logistics are in place to take care of their social needs.
The regional and national early warning systems have warned of heavy rains coupled with severe flooding in some areas, prompting government to direct boarders not to travel for some schools.