Some habits die hard 

In the middle of floods in the chimanimani area, some imbibers were not put off their regular tipple.
Source: Some habits die hard – The Zimbabwean

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In the middle of floods in the chimanimani area, some imbibers were not put off their regular tipple.

Source: Some habits die hard – The Zimbabwean

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CHAOS AT TOBACCO FLOORS

Tobacco farmers have withdrawn 98 percent of their tobacco auctioned on the first day of the opening floors yesterday (Wednesday) as they protest against poor prices being offered by merchants. 

 Confusion and disgruntlement have rocked the auction…

Tobacco farmers have withdrawn 98 percent of their tobacco auctioned on the first day of the opening floors yesterday (Wednesday) as they protest against poor prices being offered by merchants.   Confusion and disgruntlement have rocked the auction floors with reports by Tobacco Association of Zimbabwe (TAZ) showing that farmers withdrew 98 percent of their leaf on the first day of sale.   “

Where villages once stood, Africa now has an inland ocean

CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe (AP) — A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the death, damage and flooding continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive […]

CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe (AP) — A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the death, damage and flooding continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive [...]

ED SHOCKS ZIMBABWEANS

He splashed $200 000 to hire this jet to Bulawayo. Many on social media are shocked and angry at Mnangagwa’s priorities.

He splashed $200 000 to hire this jet to Bulawayo. Many on social media are shocked and angry at Mnangagwa's priorities.

Africa’s Legal Cannabis Market Could Be Worth Over $US 7.1 Billion Annually by 2023 – Report

LONDON, March 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Africa’s legal cannabis industry could be worth more than $US 7.1 billionannually by 2023 if legislation is introduced in a number of the continent’s major markets, European-based market intellige…

LONDON, March 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Africa’s legal cannabis industry could be worth more than $US 7.1 billionannually by 2023 if legislation is introduced in a number of the continent’s major markets, European-based market intelligence and strategic consultancy firm Prohibition Partners [...]

‘Mnangagwa hires luxury jet from Dubai to fly him to Bulawayo’ – Report

BULAWAYO – President Emmerson Mnangagwa hired a luxury jet from Dubai to fly him the hour-long journey from Harare to Bulawayo on Thursday, ZimLive can reveal. The Airbus A318-100 flew seven hours and 16 minutes […]

BULAWAYO – President Emmerson Mnangagwa hired a luxury jet from Dubai to fly him the hour-long journey from Harare to Bulawayo on Thursday, ZimLive can reveal. The Airbus A318-100 flew seven hours and 16 minutes [...]

Chalton Hwende disowns twitter account

MDC deputy treasurer general, Chalton Hwende, has distanced himself from a Twitter account bearing his name. Hwende, who is also the MP for Kuwadzana East constituency, is facing treason charges after he allegedly used the […]

MDC deputy treasurer general, Chalton Hwende, has distanced himself from a Twitter account bearing his name. Hwende, who is also the MP for Kuwadzana East constituency, is facing treason charges after he allegedly used the [...]

Rescue teams race to save thousands trapped by Cyclone Idai as DEC launches fundraising appeal 

Source: Rescue teams race to save thousands trapped by Cyclone Idai as DEC launches fundraising appeal | World News | Sky News Some people in the Mozambique port city of Beira are clinging onto roofs or trees almost a week after the storm struck. Aid workers are scrambling to get food and water to desperate […]

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Source: Rescue teams race to save thousands trapped by Cyclone Idai as DEC launches fundraising appeal | World News | Sky News

Some people in the Mozambique port city of Beira are clinging onto roofs or trees almost a week after the storm struck.

Aid workers widen search for Mozambique cyclone survivors as the death toll mounts.

Aid workers are scrambling to get food and water to desperate survivors of the devastating cyclone that hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, as thousands remain trapped by floods.

Some people in the Mozambique port city of Beira are still clinging onto rooftops or trees almost a week after Cyclone Idai struck.

At least 217 people have died in Mozambique alone, the country’s environment minister Celso Correia said. Some 3,000 have been helped to safety, while 15,000 are still waiting to be rescued.

Large parts of Mozambique have been engulfed after the cyclone smashed into its low-lying coastal areas, while heavy rains caused landslides and floods in Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Some 2.6 million people are believed to have been affected after the storm swept through the region with winds of up to 105mph (170kmh).

Torrential rains are expected to continue into Thursday and floodwaters are still rising, according to aid groups.

Flooding in Mozambique. Pic: INGC
Image:Flooding in Mozambique. Pic: INGC

In Zimbabwe, helicopters have been transporting aid to communities in the most severely affected area of Chimanimani and rescuing those in desperate need of medical care.

“We have head injuries, some with fractures, broken limbs. Some also have broken pelvises or hips,” said volunteer doctor Themba Nyoni at Chipinge Hospital.

He also warned survivors may be permanently scarred by the disaster once their physical injuries have healed.

“We may treat the wounds now but there are a lot of mental health issues that will arise from this,” he said.

“We have heard some of the stories from the local people. Some of them, they have lost their whole family. Some have lost children.”

At least 500 people have been reported missing in the valleys of Chimanimani and rescuers are in a race against time to reach them.

Beira in Mozambique was left devastated after the cyclone
Image:Beira in Mozambique was badly damaged by the cyclone

The Disasters Emergency Committee has launched a fundraising appeal for victims.

More than 480 people have so far been confirmed dead and 400,000 are now homeless across the affected countries, according to DEC.

Those figures are likely to rise significantly as more victims are found, and the UN has said it could become one of the worst weather-related disasters ever in the southern hemisphere.

UNICEF, the UN children’s agency, says 260,000 children are affected in Mozambique alone, the country that bore the brunt of the cyclone.

“Many people are in desperate situations, several thousand are fighting for their lives at the moment sitting on rooftops, in trees and other elevated areas,” said the agency’s Christophe Boulierac.

“This includes families and obviously many children.”

Cyclone Idai

DEC raises money on behalf of 14 UK charities when there is a major disaster and helps ensure aid gets to those in need as quickly as possible.

The committee says the cash will be used to provide items such as emergency shelter kits, food, water purification tablets and emergency healthcare.

The UK government has pledged £18m in support.

A map showing the path of Cyclone Idai
Image:A map showing the path of Cyclone Idai

People surrounded by water and mud are now at threat of pneumonia and waterborne diseases as they wait for rescue.

The worst-affected areas were near the Buzi river, west of Beira in Mozambique, said Caroline Haga from the International Federation of Red Cross

Two rivers including the Buzi have burst, sending torrents of water into the country and creating a “second emergency”.

“The flooding is completely different in that this is now a matter of life or death,” said Ms Haga.

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Sad scenes! Missing Chimanimani child’s body found buried under rubble where their house used to be

A Chimanimani woman’s frantic search for her son ended in tragedy and heartbreak after her child’s lifeless body was found buried under the rubble where their house used to be. Al Jazeera journalist Haru Mutasa confirmed the horrific incident on her Tw…

A Chimanimani woman’s frantic search for her son ended in tragedy and heartbreak after her child’s lifeless body was found buried under the rubble where their house used to be. Al Jazeera journalist Haru Mutasa confirmed the horrific incident on her Twitter account. Late afternoon Weds, a woman screams down in the valley #Chimanimani The […]

ED postpones Shurugwi rally. . . to focus on tragedy in Manicaland

Source: ED postpones Shurugwi rally. . . to focus on tragedy in Manicaland | Daily News President Emmerson Mnangagwa, pictured, has cancelled a “thank you rally” that was scheduled for Saturday in Shurugwi, Midlands Province, following the deadly Cyclone Idai that left over 90 people dead and hundreds others missing. In a statement, Zanu PF Midlands […]

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Source: ED postpones Shurugwi rally. . . to focus on tragedy in Manicaland | Daily News

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, pictured, has cancelled a “thank you rally” that was scheduled for Saturday in Shurugwi, Midlands Province, following the deadly Cyclone Idai that left over 90 people dead and hundreds others missing.

In a statement, Zanu PF Midlands provincial spokesperson Cornelius Mupereri said a new date would be announced in due course.
“The department of Information and Publicity wishes to advise the province that our intended presidential meet the people rally which was scheduled for the 23rd of March at Chachacha Growth Point in Shurugwi has been postponed until further notice.

“This is due to the fact that the nation has been plunged into mourning by the devastating effects of Cyclone Idai. Our president … saw it fit to concentrate all the efforts, energy and resources towards our fellow citizens who were affected by the cyclone,” Mupereri said.
As part of the thank you rallies, Mnangagwa has been to Mwenezi in Masvingo Province.

The tropical cyclone, which reached the country from Mozambique last week, knocked down trees and destroyed key infrastructure and hundreds of homes in the process, mainly in Manicaland province.
Government on Saturday night declared Cyclone Idai a national disaster, which has seen several local an international organisations including ordinary people donating various items ranging from tents to clothes and food.

Zimbabwe experienced its worst floods in living memory in 2000 when Cyclone Eline left a trail of destruction in Manicaland, where more than 136 people were killed and   59 184 huts were damaged.
Apart from the loss of human life and property, 230 dams also burst, leading to severe flooding which caused deaths of more than 20 000 head of livestock.

Observers say the recent cyclone could be the worst in the history of the southern hemisphere as search efforts are still underway, with Mozambique claiming its death toll could be over 1 000.
Mnangagwa has since visited the hardest hit areas in Manicaland in a bid to assess the nature of the destruction caused by the storm.

He recently cut short his visit to United Arab Emirates to attend to the disaster, although his government was blamed for its unpreparedness, despite having known about the storm well in advance.

Observers argue that government should have evacuated the people to higher ground before the cyclone hit, which would have helped to save lives.

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