Govt launches Cyclone Idai disaster assistance programme

BY FARAI MATIASHE

LOCAL Government minister July Moyo yesterday launched a Zimbabwe Rapid Impact and Needs Assessment (RINA) report aimed at identifying, assessing and quantifying the social, infrastructural and environmental impact of Cyclone Idai.

The report, compiled through the help of the World Bank, is going to be implemented using a tool called Recovery and Resilience Framework (RRF) to assist people from Cyclone Idai-hit areas, particularly in Chimanimani and Chipinge, to recover.

Speaking at the launch in Harare yesterday, Moyo said the framework would also be implemented in drought-ravaged areas.

“This RINA should go beyond Cyclone Idai areas and spread throughout the country to areas that experienced drought,” he said.

Moyo said there was need for stakeholders not to just hold workshops, but implement the project.

“Our people need to see this happening. We have a situation where we had many workshops and not applying these programmes on the ground,” he said.

RINA, a government-led programme, will be funded by the World Bank and United Nations Development Programme and other stakeholders.

World Bank country manager Mukami Kariuki said they would soon provide funding for the programme.

“We are left with completing programming with our UN partners. Funding will be availed soon. We are looking to you minister (Moyo) (for us to) move fast,” she said.

World Bank senior disaster risk management specialist Ayaz Parvez said RRF would make the country more resilient and equipped to respond to future disasters.
“RRF aims to enhance sustainable management of environment and access to renewable energy and also to improve basic service delivery. This is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Transitional Stabilisation Programme and Agenda 2030,” he said.

Department of Civil Protection director Nathan Nkomo said there was a huge gap in terms of funding considering the magnitude of damage in cyclone-hit areas.
According to RINA report, Zimbabwe incurred damages of between US$548 and US$622 million.

About 90% of the overall damage was on transport, agriculture and housing.

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