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Cyclone Idai Victims Continue Receiving Govt Aid


BY SIKHULEKELANI MOYO

VICTIMS of the devastating Cyclone Idai, which hit the country in 2019, continue to receive relief food rations and other support from government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

This comes after villagers in Chikomba Ward 17, Mashonaland East province got maize meal this Wednesday.

Speaking to NewsAnchor, Ward 17 Councillor Israel Dhikinya, said the relief comes at a time when people needed it the most.

“Since Cyclone Idai, people in Chikomba have been facing challenges in terms of farming. The soil is now poor due to excessive rainfall that fell. 

Last season farmers did not manage to get enough food from their farms,” Dhikinya said.

The councillor lamented animal husbandry was also affected by the outbreak of disease, which killed many cattle in the area.

“This area was affected by a disease which claimed so many cattle and because villagers use ox-drawn ploughs most families' yearly crop production declined,” he said.

“Due to economic hardship, after Cyclone Idai, many people started to rebuild their homes and due to lack of finance, it became hard and farming was affected.

“The government tried to give input schemes but climate change and the outbreak of the cattle disease made it impossible for people to produce enough food,” Dhikinya added.

Gwatidzo village headman, Cephas Muganhu said the government programme of distributing food handouts was assisting many families which failed to salvage meaningful yields due to excessive rainfall.

“People did not manage to get enough food last season following too much rainfall which contributed to leaching and, therefore, it is good move for the government to help people here,” Muganhu said.

He reiterated Pfumvudza, a conservation farming practice, would guarantee better yields.

“The cyclone left people with nothing and these reliefs are vital as they help them to focus on other things like rebuilding their homes and preparing for the next season,” he said.

Cyclone Idai struck the country in 2019 and many people in Manicaland, Mashonaland East and Masvingo lost lives, homes, household properties and livestock.

The phenomenon was declared a national disaster.

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