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HARARE, Feb 13- The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) has activated its disaster response teams in all provinces to assist people affected by the floods occurring in most parts of the country, says ZRSC spokesperson Takemore Mazuruse,

Areas most affected by flooding include Muzarabani in Mashonaland Central Province, Tokwe-Murkosi in Masvingo Province, and Tsholotsho in Matabeleland South Province. The floods have been declared a national disaster.

Mazuruse said Wednesday that disaster response teams were on the ground to assess ways of assisting affected people. “As a humanitarian and disaster relief organization, we have activated our disaster response teams in all provinces in view of the ongoing floods,” he said.

Our disaster response teams are on the ground making needs assessments on how we can assist at the same time giving emergency help.”

Mazuruse said the ZRCS was more concerned with the health of the affected families since they were living in open spaces. “We are also emphasizing on hygiene promotion to avoid other health-related catastrophes through our community-based and Red Cross-trained hygiene promoters,” he said.

He said the ZRCS was assisting victims with blankets, tents for temporary shelter, tarpaulins and household utensils. “This help was and is being extended to victims in Tokwe Mukosi in Masvingo, Muzarabani, Tsholotsho and Gokwe and other identified affected areas,” he added.

“We are also in the process of arranging transportation of food aid to affected families. However, there is never enough resources to cater for competing humanitarian needs hence our call for industry, corporates, mines and individual Zimbabweans to come on board and partner us in our efforts.”

At least 60,000 people downstream of the Tokwe-Murkosi Dam are in danger from floods.

Source: NEW ZIANA

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