More than 4000 still homeless one year after cyclone Idai

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MEMBERS of the National House of Assembly have raised concerns over the slow pace in the construction of houses for people affected Cyclone Idai in Chimanimani last year.

A year after Cyclone Idai, survivors of the tragic disaster in Chimanimani are still housed in holding tents.

The situation has not gone down well with legislators after a joint visit by the parliamentary portfolio committees on Local Government, Public Works, and National Housing as well as the Peace and Security.

According to statistics, over 4073 survivors are still homeless with at least 224 people currently housed in holding tents.

“We would like to understand why survivors are still housed in holding tents one year after the Cyclone and why the process has been so slow,” said one parliamentarian.

“We understand when we came last year you were saying the majority of people lost their documentation, where are you now in terms of progress,” said another.

Responding to the issues raised, Chimanimani District Development Coordinator, Mr. Joseph Manyurapasi said construction of houses for survivors is already underway although they are facing funding challenges.

“We have so far constructed five houses at one of our relocation sites but the process has been delayed by late disbursement of funds and also local resistance by survivors who do not want to be moved to this site recommended by the government,” said Manyurapasi.

Leading the portfolio committees, Honourable Miriam Chikukwa challenged district officials to be transparent especially in handling Cyclone Idai related funds.“As Parliament, we demand to know how the funds were used, who benefited, and which specifications were used….. Corruption is a cancer and we should never allow it to grow,” she said.

Meanwhile, 279 people who were reported missing during the Cyclone Idai disaster are yet to be confirmed dead.

Cyclone Idai left a trail of destruction in Chimanimani and Chipinge in March last year severely affected livelihoods, infrastructure, food security, industry, and trade.

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