Oxfam respond as floods declared national disaster

In response to the declaration of floods as a state of national disaster by the government of Zimbabwe, Oxfam Country director Machinda Marongwe said:
“ The Government of Zimbabwe and partners in country should urgently carry out impact assessments taking stock of the full extent of the damages and the numbers of people affected to ensure well wishers and the development community have the information they need to raise the required resources to respond.”
He said, “in future life threatening situations such as these, government and its agencies should ensure early warning information is shared with and reach the potentially vulnerable communities well in time and that Department of Civil Protection is equipped to urgently respond to any crisis to avoid deaths.”
Machinda said, “ As we respond to this crisis Government of Zimbabwe should ensure inter-sectorial coordination to avoid misplacement of resources and ensure an effective response in that resources available are used where they are most needed”.
Oxfam in Zimbabwe and partners are currently responding to the crisis in Mberengwa District, which is one of worst affected. Oxfam is distributing WASH NFIs and conducting hygiene promotions sessions to affected households and is also providing logistical support to the government of Zimbabwe to deliver grain and rice to the affected. The NFIs include, jerry cans, soap and water treatment chemicals to ensure access to clean water. Oxfam staff remains on standby to support in other District


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