25 November 2017
   
High Court judge says coup was legal
Bashed Chombo to appear in court on Sat
Chihuri booed as Chiwenga cheered
Compensation yes but land reform stays: ED
Pasi nemhandu slogan riles Zanu PF rivals
Women unfit to rule, says Chief Chiduku
Kutama villagers speak on Mugabe exit
Police resurface, try to stop Harare event
MORE NEWS
Foreign investment safe: Mnangagwa
Econent plans to list $8bn shares on LSE
MORE BUSINESS
Zodwa Wabantu plans post-Bob Zim tour
Mukanya sceptical about new Zim regime
MORE SHOWBIZ
SA: Zim's Karuru commits to Amazulu
Robinho gets 9-years for 2013 rape
MORE SPORTS
Lessons from struggle against Mugabeism
Good speech Mr Pres, now for the action
MORE OPINION
 
KEN YAMAMOTO: What you didn’t know
The Coriolanus factor and its aftermath
MORE COLUMNISTS
 
 

Govt appeals for $200mln after floods wreck havoc

20/03/2017 00:00:00
by Source.co.zw
 
Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa
 
RELATED STORIES
Tsholotsho: Deadly floods destroy homes
246 dead as govt pleads for floods aid

HARARE: Zimbabwe on Monday launched an international appeal for $200 million in aid to repair the country’s infrastructure which was damaged by floods.   

Earlier this month, the government declared the floods a national disaster. According to official data, the heavy rains have killed almost 250 people, left about 2,000 people homeless, and displaced around 900 people. About 72 dams are also reported to have burst because of the floods.

In a meeting with foreign diplomats accredited to Zimbabwe on Monday, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said preliminary estimates indicate that the country would need between $188 million to  $200 million.

“We are going to mobilize $35 million ourselves as government towards that effort. We’ve tried to take care of the immediate humanitarian needs such as food, blankets  and sanitation,” said Chinamasa.

“Our damage is worse than experienced in other (SADC) member countries. The damage is extensive, it affects social institution’s, clinics, hospitals, schools it affects the entire road network.”

United Nations (UN) Resident representative Bishow Parajuli, who attended the meeting, said it was critical  to ensure that the spread of infectious diseases was contained.

“What is critical at this stage is to prevent infectious diseases such as diarrhoea which has started resulting in typhoid in some areas cholera.”

Zimbabwe is running on a $4 billion budget for 2017, but is expected to overspend by at least $1 billion following the decision to pay civil servants — who already account for about 90 percent of total expenditure — cash bonuses for 2016.



Advertisement


 
Email this to a friend Printable Version Discuss This Story
Share this article:

Digg it

Del.icio.us

Reddit

Newsvine

Nowpublic

Stumbleupon

Face Book

Myspace

Fark

 
 
 
comments powered by Disqus
 
RSS NewsTicker