Home » Politics » ZIMBABWE’S CIVIL PROTECTION DEPT NOT ADEQUATELY FUNDED, PARLIAMENT TOLD

HARARE, The Zimbabwe government is not adequately funding the Civil Protection Department to enable it to respond to natural disasters, says its deputy director, Sibusisiwe Ndlovu.

She told the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environment, Water, Tourism, and Hospitality Industry here Monday that various partners had been funding the department's budget deficit.

"Yes, it is true we struggle to respond to disasters because traditionally we have been getting an estimated 200,000 US dollars in the budget and sometimes not even getting all of it," she said.

"So, with those limited resources, there has been serious constraints on what we do even in terms of preparedness planning, in terms of simulating those plans and in terms of reaching out to all those communities that are at risk."

Ndlovu expressed optimism that the government would release the new revised national budget allocation of 2.7 million USD.

"We have all learnt our lessons at all levels. Treasury has since revised its 200.000 USD budget to 2.7 million USD. From that I think things will improve -- that is, if the funding comes."

She said 192 people died during the past rainy season from lighting strikes, when homes fell on top of them or in floods.

"The number of partially damaged homes is 3,558 and the number of people left homeless is 5,666," she said.

Early this year, the government appealed for 200 million USD to assist people affected by floods which wreaked havoc in mostly southern parts of the country. The extensive flooding was unprecedented in the history of Zimbabwe.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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