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Rains leave families homeless

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BY SILAS NKALA

TEN families in Matobo district, Matabeleland South province, were left without shelter after their homes were destroyed by the rains.

This was revealed in a recent joint report by the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid, Care, Plan International Zimbabwe, and the government.

The report revealed that many rural communities in Matabeleland South were seriously affected by the rains.

“Matobo district has been experiencing high rainfalls during the past few days with thunderstorms and destructive winds. On January 29, three homesteads were affected in ward 13, four houses in ward 10 were destroyed, and three homesteads were destroyed in ward 15.”

The report states that the items destroyed include food, furniture, utensils, clothes, solar panels and building material.

“There is a need to urgently assist with cement, roofing materials, and furniture in ward 10. Three homesteads lost their Blair toilets,” reads the report.

The organisations said the affected families urgently required building materials to rebuild their houses so as to reduce overcrowding.

“The affected households have women, young children, adolescent girls and elderly people who do not have access to adequate food, medication and basic sexual reproductive healthcare and protection services,” reads the report.

Some of the most affected are said to be girls and women, while schoolchildren lost their books.

“This means that they need assistance to replace books which were destroyed by the rains. Schools were not affected as per the updates from the authorities,” reads the report.

Water points were also destroyed.

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