Shalom Manguni, H-Metro Reporter
THE United Nations says there is an urgent need to provide proper housing for Cyclone Idai victims.
Speaking during the media briefing after their visit to Chimanimani, Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ursula Mueller said efforts to help victims rebuild their homes in areas that are less flood prone, and resume their livelihoods as quickly as possible must be expedited to avert a deterioration of the humanitarian situation.
“We visited Chimanimani to see the impact of the cyclone and the humanitarian response.
“The loss of life, the level of destruction of property and livelihoods are devastating. It’s heart-breaking.
“Sadly, nearly three months after the cyclone’s landfall, over hundreds are still missing, thousands of people remain displaced in camps and host communities, and the damage to livelihoods has increased the chronic food security situation already present.
“I was shocked to see the level of devastation. Those people who survived need to restart their lives, they need to be resettled because a tent is not a home and they need land to start agriculture.
“It is very important there are plans and actions to resettle these people in areas that are not prone to disasters. There is urgency to provide them with proper housing and access to health and education,” she said.
“We had the opportunity to meet with the President and various Ministers where we discussed these challenges. While the government has plans to put in place measures that protect the most vulnerable, humanitarian partners across the country recognize the gravity of the situation and are striving to do more. We need the international community to stand with the people of Zimbabwe and urgently provide the funds needed to scale-up humanitarian efforts and avert a further deterioration of the situation.
“In the initial stages of the response to Cylcone Idai, the Government, private sector and humanitarian partners came together to provide critical assistance to more than 230,000 people.”
She said the UN and its partners have received 40 percent of funds they appealed for to respond to the impact of the Cyclone.
“The overall humanitarian appeal remains critically underfunded; $294 million is required to address life-saving needs of cyclone and drought affected population,” Mueller said.