The Zimbabwean government has reported about 246 people being killed by floods in Zimbabwe.
The floods which have been termed a disaster by President Mugabe has been rife in the southern African country since December 2016.
This is following a long season of drought mostly influenced by the El-Nino phenomenon.
The floods have greatly affected many bridges, buildings, and facilities, eroding roads and blocking off some communities from certain areas. It has also caused dams to overflow, further creating fears among people living downstream.
“The situation is a disaster and unfortunately we were not expecting such a damage to our infrastructure and the displacement of so many families as a result of flooding in many areas.
“We’ve not received such rains in a long time. This means that the money for immediate road repairs is not available,” Transport Minister Joram Gumbo said.
The government is hoping to mobilize resources to rebuild the destroyed facilities, as well as helping victims of the disaster.
Zimbabwe is already struggling to pay workers on its payroll. This has caused state workers to take industrial action against the government. A week ago Zimbabwean doctors proceeded on strike due to being overworked by the government yet getting little compensation in payment. They demanded higher wages and benefits which had initially been promised to them by President Mugabe some years ago.
Following suit were nurses on the government’s payroll who are demanding their bonuses and improved working conditions. The government reported that there are insufficient funds to pay the workers in cash and offered to pay in non-monetary forms which were refused by the state workers.
Now, cash-strapped Zimbabwe is allegedly looking to foreign aid to donate $100m.
The floods which affect the people in Masvingo South, Midlands, parts of Matabeleland South and North, Manicaland province has left more than 2,000 homeless.
Zimbabwe’s Minister of local government, Saviour Kasukuwere disclosed that about 128 people were injured as a result of the floods.