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Govt "Abandons" Binga Flood Victims

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Scores of households in Binga District, Matabeleland North Province, whose homesteads were destroyed by floods almost two years ago, are still waiting for the Government to provide them with shelter.

More than 215 homesteads located on the confluence of Sibwambwa, Sikande, Namapande and Manyenyengwa rivers were destroyed by floods on 10 February last year, displacing 967 people.

Civil Protection Unit (CPU) director Nathan Nkomo told VicFallsLive that 6 out of 37 homesteads in the Nsungwale area have been completed though not yet roofed. Said Nkomo:

We need something like $80 million to finish rebuilding those houses, but if you go through our national contingency plan in the 2021-2022 rainfall season, there is a figure of US$101 million which talks of a backlog infrastructure, which requires rehabilitation.

(Chininga Bridge) might be one of those because we came together and all the provinces presented the outstanding works of infrastructure being undertaken in their provinces, so I wouldn’t be surprised.

The Chininga bridge, which connected Nsungwale and Siabuwa and linked the centres with Karoi, Gokwe and Kariba, was destroyed by the floods.

The Government has been accused of abandoning the villagers as some of them have since deserted the camps that were set up by the CPU citing lack of amenities and food.

However, Nkomo denied the accusations saying they have provided the flood victims with “almost everything” including food. He said:

In those circumstances, people will always say something because they were used to their own ways of living, but as far as we know we have been giving them food when that calamity of flash floods happened.

We provided them with almost everything from grains and relish.

The reason why they keep going back to their destroyed homesteads is that where these rivers meet they deposit some soils, which are very good for agriculture and this is why even in Tsholotsho you see some going back to the confluence of Gwayi and Shangani rivers.

More: VicFallsLive


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6 comments

NHM 1 week, 4 days ago

Inyaya ya CCC aivako

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Nkust 1 week, 4 days ago

Imwi binga hakusi kwe iyi member here Paul mavhima ko akaita professor sei iko kuri primitive, nhy ko kuti flash flood ndokuti chii vangodii kty ma floods

Kanda 1 week, 4 days ago

Maconstituacy anenge asina vanhu

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Kanda 1 week, 4 days ago

I visit Mozambique here and there because I stay in Masvingo. There is an area called chikwalakwala rural Mozambique the houses they buid you see wega kuti when it rains nothing is left.They use beer mugs we used to have here to mould their type of bricks not even harderned by fire the roof they use pulm tree leaves or plastic bags so they have cattle goats but can build a house they spent a lot of money beer and good food and goods from Zimbabwe so when the house falls what do you expect the government to do they are the ones who supply used clothes and shoes and blankets donation to them from foreign countries,🤷🤷🤷🤷

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Kanda 1 week, 4 days ago

As I know Binga guys let's not blame the government those people are primitive they don't build those expensive houses lyk other provinces do but kana tati unovakirwa yaivapo mybe coz government will make them know a brick and zinc roof house

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Vote wisely 1 week, 4 days ago

Vote wisely

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