By Paidashe Mandivengerei
Tropical cyclone Idai survivors are still living in tents almost a year after their houses were destroyed, the latest Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) report has revealed.
In March last year, the storm wreaked havoc in Chimanimani and Chipinge areas.
The property was damaged and over 200 deaths were recorded while hundreds of more people are still missing.
In the December monthly monitoring report, ZPP revealed that food aid donated to victims was going beyond its expiry date before distribution.
“It never rains but pours for Cyclone Idai victims in Chimanimani East who are still living in tents, 10 months after their homes and livelihoods were destroyed by the floods. In September 2019 there were reports of food aid meant for the victims rotting in warehouses and some victims being given food that was past the expiry date,” reads part of the report.
According to the report, an unidentified organisation had donated disease infected chickens to a villager in the Manicaland area.
“In ward 13, Machongwe growth point, and ward 15 Arboretum Camp, villagers accused the District Administrator’s office and an unidentified NGO of distributing disease infected chickens. A woman from the area claimed she had lost 85 broilers worth nearly ZWL$10,000 after the donated chickens infected her chickens. In response, angry
villagers demanded that the NGO be held accountable for these losses.”