(Xinhua) -- China on Friday handed
over 1.06 million U.S. dollars to Zimbabwe to help hundreds of
families affected by floods that hit the southern parts of the
country in February.
Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe
Huang Ping said the friendship which exists between the two
countries had spurred China to come to Zimbabwe’s aid.
The Chinese government donated 1 million dollars while the
Red Cross Society of China gave 50,000 dollars and the Chinese
community in Zimbabwe chipped in with another 10,000 dollars.
The southern African country of Namibia also donated 1.2
million tins of canned fish to help avert an unfolding
humanitarian crisis facing the nation.
Namibian ambassador to Zimbabwe Balbina des Pienaar said her
government would also donate medical supplies on top of the
canned fish, news agency New Ziana reported.
Zimbabwe’s Acting Local Government, Public Works and National
Housing Minister Sydney Sekeramayi thanked the governments of
China and Namibia for helping Zimbabwe during its time of need.
Heavy rains that were worsened by Cyclone Dineo last month
left 271 people dead, another 128 injured and nearly 2,000
homeless in the country.
The deaths were caused by lightning strikes, drowning and
landslides, according to the Civil Protection Unit, which added
that nearly 2,600 homesteads were damaged in varying degrees.
The worst affected district was Tsholotsho (Matabeleland
North Province) where a total of 859 people were left homeless
and are currently in a transit camp and an additional 100
households remain at risk.
According to the Zimbabwe National Water Authority, over
100,000 people are without safe drinking water following the
damage to water supply infrastructure.
President Robert Mugabe on March 2 declared a State of Flood
Disaster, leading to the launching of a domestic and
international appeal for nearly 189 million dollars to help
victims and repair infrastructure such as homes, roads, bridges,
dams, schools, water and sanitation.