Zimbabwe appeals for aid to support flood victims

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Zimbabwe has appealed to the local and international community to help it support victims of floods that have killed at least 246 people and displaced hundreds since December when torrential rains started pounding the country.

Before the rains, the Southern Africa nation was hard-hit by drought that was induced by an El-Nino last year, scorching crops and subsequently leaving more than 4 million people in need of food aid.

Minister for local government Saviour Kasukuwere said floods had swept through villages in the southern and southwestern parts of Zimbabwe, destroying roads, crops and livestock and forcing people into temporary government shelter.

Kasukuwere said nearly 2,000 people were homeless, 74 schools were damaged and 70 dams had burst.

The minister said the government was seeking tents, drugs and food for those who were displaced by the floods.

He appealed to development partners, the private sector and the general public to assist the government in supporting those affected.

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