Hunger, Homelessness Hit Binga After Heavy Rains
By Farai Sibanda
Binga, March 14, 2014 -Heavy rains that pounced Binga district in
Matabeleland North province in the past few months first brought joy followed by misery
as it left homes,crops and roads destroyed.
Binga, one of the country’s poorest districts has been facing serious hunger
every year due to poor rains with villagers surviving from
food hand-outs distributed by non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
There were celebrations among Binga villagers this year when the
skies opened up and the district started receiving rains.
But the celebrations were short-lived as the rains became ceaseless and
started destroying villages and crops.
“There was jubilation in every corner of the district when it started raining.
People did not expect that these rains would worsen
the situation. As time went on the rains became too much, washing away our crops
while many homes were also destroyed. As a result, this year we are still starving, we still need food aid
from government and NGOs once again,” said Laisa Mwembe of
Nkalenge area in Binga North.
Radio VOP witnessed some desperate villagers in Boniswa area
picking up small grains of maize along Siansundu-Binga town centre
road which were mistakenly dropped by trucks transporting food aid.
The heavy rains have also destroyed the district’s road network with
some areas like Tyunga located at the Binga-Gokwe border not easily
accessible and cut off from the rest of the Tonga-speaking district.
Tyunga ward councillor Super Muzingili called for an emergency
intervention from government saying the situation is worsening as
residents of his area which is also adjacent to the Zambezi River are
facing serious starvation.
“The situation here is bad since the rains have destroyed everything and
there is nothing in the fields, people are facing serious starvation. Our
situation was worsened by the fact that we live adjacent to the mighty Zambezi
River resulting in homes and crops being seriously affected. We call upon the
government to do something immediately,” said Muzingili.
Binga Rural District Council (BRDC) chairperson Munkombwe Dube admitted
that instead of bringing joy to Binga the rains brought disaster that
worsened villagers’ plight. “There is disaster in the whole district,
people have absolutely nothing to harvest from fields again this year.
These were abnormal rains that washed away crops, homes and
roads. It is sad that people will starve again this year and part of
next year. We have since sent a call to government and NGOs to give us
a helping hand,” Dube told Radio VOP
Tokwe-Mukosi in Masvingo,Tsholotsho in Matabeleland North and Mberengwa
in the Midlands are some parts of Zimbabwe which were hit hard by heavy rains leading
to floods that destroyed homes, crops and roads leading to hunger and homelessness.
With the current economic collapse taking its toll the government is failing to cope with with the urgent
relocation and poverty alleviation needs of the displaced communities in these districts.
of the affected people.