[9th April 2019]
ZIMBABWE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISION MONITORING REPORT
On 15 March 2019, Cyclone Idai hit Zimbabwe’s Manicaland Province. Chimanimani and Chipinge areas were particularly hard hit, with heavy rain and strong winds causing rivers to burst their banks and landslides of mud and boulders. There was tragic loss of life and damage to buildings left many homeless and schools and clinics damaged. The washing away of roads and bridges left the area inaccessible.
People in these areas were left in desperate need of aid. Infrastructure needs rehabilitation. Zimbabweans and other countries have rallied round magnificently to assist, but it will be a long time before the area is restored. The trauma of losing so many family members and destruction of homes will take even longer to heal.
The document attached to this email is a detailed report by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission who visited the affected areas. The report:
- takes one through the work that has been done on the ground by various Government departments as well as assistance provided by churches, individuals, business, etc;
- commends those assisting, but also highlights some weaknesses in the response to Cyclone Idai;
- recommends how the current working system can be improved;
- shows detailed pictures of what is happening in affected areas.