HARARE, (Xinhua) --
China on Monday donated 12,173 tonnes of rice to
Zimbabwe to assist vulnerable people that were affected by drought
which wreaked havoc last year..
Labor and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira said the
donation, which follows Zimbabwe’s international food aid
appeal in 2016, would also be distributed to families that
were affected by floods in February this year.
Speaking at the
signing ceremony with the Chinese Embassy, Mupfumira said the
rice was expected in the country by June.
In response to the
appeal, China in 2016 already donated 19,000 tonnes of rice
which had been distributed to the needy throughout the
“Today we are
witnessing another contribution from China where they are
donating 12,173 tonnes of rice to Zimbabwe. We appreciate the
gesture made by China,” the minister said.
The donation comes
after China on March 31, 2017 handed over 1 million U.S.
dollars to Zimbabwe to help thousands of families affected by
floods that hit the southern parts of the country in February.
The Red Cross
Society of China also donated 50,000 dollars while the Chinese
community in Zimbabwe chipped in with 10,000 dollars to assist
the flood victims.
HARARE, (Xinhua) --
Public Service, Labor and Social Welfare Minister of Zimbabwe
Prisca Mupfumira ® and Luo Xi, third Secretary of the Economic
and Commercial Counsellors at the Embassy of China in Zimbabwe
attend a signing ceremony in Harare, Zimbabwe, April 3, 2017.
China on Monday donated 12,173 tonnes of rice to Zimbabwe to
assist vulnerable people that were affected by drought which
wreaked havoc last year.
Mupfumira said the Zimbabwe government had distributed 481,073
tonnes of maize to the needy since October last year.
Heavy rains that were worsened by Cyclone Dineo in February left 271
people dead, another 128 injured and nearly 2,000 homeless in
The deaths were caused by lightning strikes, drowning and
landslides, according to the Civil Protection Unit.
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