A local civil society organisation has slammed government’s poor planning and reactive approach to natural disasters saying the alleged loss of lives in the Binga floods is greatly disturbing.
Community Water Alliance said government should do more towards mitigation and resilience strategies in the face of climate change which has made flooding a common feature in the country.
According to reports, over 100 people are currently stranded in Binga due to the ongoing floods caused by incessant rains.
Find below Community Water Alliance statement on Binga floods….
Community Water Alliance family is greatly disturbed by loss of livelihoods and alleged loss of lives in Binga emanating from floods.
The floods in Binga expresses how extreme whether conditions are destroying livelihoods in the same manner Cyclone Idai left a sad epitaph in Manicaland.
Community Water Alliance urge government departments responsible for physical planning to take a proactive role in planning settlements for both rural and urban areas. The planning should recognize the important role played by wetlands in providing flood attenuation services.
It is high time all government actions and citizen mindset focus on mitigation and resilience strategies against extreme weather conditions emanating from varying and changing climatic patterns.