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Cablegate: Zimbabwe Flooding Disaster Situation Report

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WHELAN; AFR/SA FOR N. NEWMAN, C. REINTSMA, W. JEFFERS,
M. SCOVILL; STATE FOR AF/S RENDER AND GURNEY; NAIROBI
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID ZI
SUBJECT: ZIMBABWE FLOODING DISASTER SITUATION REPORT
(SITREP) NO. 5

REFS: (A) HARARE 1588, (B) HARARE 1570,
C) HARARE 1295, (D) HARARE 1162,
E) HARARE 1083, (F) HARARE 1069

1. SUMMARY: THIS CABLE PRESENTS THE LATEST INFORMATION FROM THE
GOVERNMENT OF ZIMBABWE (GOZ) ON THE IMPACTS AND NEEDS RESULTING
FROM THE RECENT FLOODING DISASTER IN SOUTHERN AND EASTERN
ZIMBABWE, PRESENTED IN A DRAFT REPORT BY THE GOZ'S CIVIL
PROTECTION DEPARTMENT RECENTLY OBTAINED BY THE MISSION. THE
REPORT PROVIDES AN OVERVIEW OF THE IMPACTS FROM THE DISASTER
AND THE RELIEF RESPONSE TO DATE; A PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT OF
LESSONS LEARNED FROM THIS DISASTER, TOGETHER WITH A PRELIMINARY
STRATEGY FOR BETTER ADDRESSING ANY FUTURE SUCH EVENTS; THE
RESULTS OF SOUTHERN AFRICA REGIONAL CONSULTATIONS ON THIS
SUBJECT; AND UPDATED ESTIMATES OF SECTOR-SPECIFIC DAMAGES AND
NEEDS FOR THE INFRASTRUCTURE, HEALTH AND LIVESTOCK SECTORS,
TOTALING APPROXIMATELY US$27.5 MILLION TO DATE. ALTHOUGH NOT
YET OFFICIALLY RELEASED BY GOVERNMENT, THE MISSION BELIEVES THE
ESTIMATES CONTAINED IN THIS REPORT WILL REMAIN CLOSE TO THE
FINAL OFFICIAL FIGURES ON THIS SUBJECT. END SUMMARY.

2. THIS CABLE PRESENTS THE LATEST INFORMATION FROM THE
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GOVERNMENT OF ZIMBABWE (GOZ) ON THE IMPACTS AND NEEDS RESULTING
FROM THE RECENT FLOODING DISASTER IN SOUTHERN AND EASTERN
ZIMBABWE. THIS INFORMATION IS PRESENTED IN A DRAFT REPORT BY
THE GOZ'S CIVIL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT RECENTLY OBTAINED BY THE
MISSION ENTITLED "THE OVERVIEW SITUATION REPORT: THE IMPACT OF
DAMAGE TO THE ECONOMY CAUSED BY CYCLONE ELINE FLOODS AND STORMS
AND THE WAY FORWARD". ALTHOUGH NOT YET OFFICIALLY RELEASED BY
GOVERNMENT (THE FINAL OFFICIAL REPORT IS EXPECTED TO BE READY
WITHIN "ABOUT TWO WEEKS TIME"), THE MISSION BELIEVES THESE
NUMBERS WILL REMAIN CLOSE TO THE FINAL OFFICIAL ESTIMATES ON
THIS SUBJECT. AN EDITED VERSION OF THIS ENTIRE REPORT IS
PRESENTED IN THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS. NOTE: ALL FIGURES ARE
PRESENTED IN ZIMBABWE DOLLARS (Z$) WITH A CURRENT U.S. EXCHANGE
RATE OF APPROXIMATELY 40:1. END NOTE.

PREAMBLE

3. TROPICAL CYCLONE ELINE ORIGINATED, AS OTHER CYCLONES DO, IN
THE INDIAN OCEAN, REACHING ZIMBABWE ON FEBRUARY 21, BEFORE
ENDING OVER BOTSWANA AROUND MARCH 1. IN ITS WAKE, ELINE LEFT A
TRAIL OF DEATH AND DEVASTATION THROUGH THE STORMS AND FLOODING,
THE EXTENT OF WHICH IS UNPRECEDENTED IN LIVING MEMORY.

THE MAJOR AREAS WHICH BORE THE BRUNT OF THE STORMS AND THE
SUBSEQUENT INUNDATION ARE CHIPINGE AND CHIMANIMANI DISTRICTS IN
MANICALAND PROVINCE; CHIREDZI AND MWENEZI DISTRICTS IN MASVINGO
PROVINCE; AND ALL THE SIX DISTRICTS IN MATABELELAND SOUTH
PROVINCE, NAMELY, BEITBRIDGE, GWANDA, FILABUSI, ESIGODINI,
PLUMTREE AND KEZI. MARGINAL DAMAGE, MAINLY THROUGH
EXCEPTIONALLY HIGH RAINFALL, LANDSLIDES AND DAM FAILURES WAS
ALSO EXPERIENCED IN ZAKA DISTRICT IN MASVINGO PROVINCE, AND
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MBERENGWA AND MVUMA DISTRICTS IN MIDLANDS PROVINCE. CONSEQUENT
UPON THE ABOVE OBSERVATIONS AND IN VIEW OF THE LIMITED CAPACITY
IN THE ARE
AS AFFECTED TO DEAL WITH THE SITUATION AT HAND, HIS
EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT DULY PROMULGATED THE DECLARATION OF A
STATE OF DISASTER IN ALL THESE DISTRICTS IN TERMS OF THE
PROVISIONS OF THE CIVIL PROTECTION ACT (CHAPTER 10:06) ON
FEBRUARY 24.

ECONOMIC AND TRADE IMPLICATIONS

4. ACCORDING TO INITIAL REPORTS FROM THE MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY
AND COMMERCE, THE EFFECTS OF CYLONE ELINE WILL ADVERSELY
PERVADE THE ENTIRE ZIMBABWEAN ECONOMY. LOSS OF JOBS WILL OCCUR
IN THE CHIMANIMANI PLANTATIONS, WHICH HOST 92% OF ZIMBABWE'S
TIMBER PLANTATIONS AND SAWMILLS AND PRODUCE 52% OF THE NATIONAL
SAWN TIMBER. CURRENTLY, THE SAWMILLS EMPLOY 3,650 WORKERS,
MOST OF WHOM ARE LIKELY TO WORK REDUCED HOURS. TIMBER EXPORTS,
AFTER VALUE ADDITION, AMOUNT TO SOME Z$30 MILLION A MONTH IN
FOREX. THE SHORTAGE OF ZESA (ZIMBABWE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY
AUTHORITY) POWER AND FUEL WILL CONSIDERABLY REDUCE THE EXPORT

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USAID/W FOR BHR/OFDA FOR B. SANDFORD, M. ROGERS;
BHR/FFP FOR C.W.T. HAGELMAN3, B. VOGLER; AFR/SD FOR W.
WHELAN; AFR/SA FOR N. NEWMAN, C. REINTSMA, W. JEFFERS,
M. SCOVILL; STATE FOR AF/S RENDER AND GURNEY; NAIROBI
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E.O. 12958: N/A
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SUBJECT: ZIMBABWE FLOODING DISASTER SITUATION REPORT
(SITREP) NO. 5

POTENTIAL. AN ESTIMATED TOTAL OF 4,400 HECTARES OF PINE TREES
WERE DESTROYED, REPRESENTING A LOSS TO INVESTMENT OF SOME Z$498
MILLION. WATTLE TREES, WHOSE BARK IS USED IN THE LEATHER
TANNING INDUSTRY, ALSO EXPERIENCED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE AMOUNTING
TO SOME Z$138 MILLION.

-SUGAR OUTPUT, AS WELL AS THAT OF COTTON WILL REGISTER A
SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION AS A RESULT OF WATER-LOGGING.

-THE DISTRIBUTION OF GOODS AND SERVICES WILL BE SERIOUSLY
AFFECTED SINCE THE MAJOR ROADS AND BRIDGES LEADING OUT OF THE
EASTERN HIGHLANDS HAVE BEEN DAMAGED. ZIMALLOYS AND ZISCO IN THE
MIDLANDS (MAJOR ZIMBABWE NATIONAL STEEL/METAL MANUFACTURERS)
HAVE HAD THEIR OPERATIONS AND EXPORT PROSPECTS SERIOUSLY
REDUCED, DUE MAINLY TO THE UNSERVICEABLE ROAD AND RAIL LINKS
WITH BEIRA AND MAPUTO IN MOZAMBIQUE.

-DOWNSTREAM INDUSTRY, SUCH AS FURNITURE MANUFACTURING, WILL FEEL
THE IMPACT OF THE CYCLONE THROUGH A REDUCTION IN THE SUPPLY OF
TIMBER. THIS WILL ALSO AFFECT THEIR EXPORT PERFORMANCE. THE
RE-ROUTING OF EXPORTS THROUGH SOUTH AFRICA AND BOTSWANA WILL
LEAD TO LOGISTICAL PROBLEMS WHICH MIGHT AFFECT THE SCHEDULING OF
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EXPORTS.

GENERAL SCOPE OF THE PROBLEMS

5. GENERALLY, THE ENTIRE POPULATION IN THE DISTRICTS UNDER THE
DECLARATION WAS AFFECTED IN VARYING DEGREES. THE DISRUPTION OF
THE ROAD NETWORK AND DAMAGE TO AND LOSS OF BRIDGES CUT OFF THE
POPULATION'S LIFE-LINE OF SUPPLIES, SUCH AS FOOD, FUEL AND
SERVICES. THE FELLING OF TREES BY THE STORMS SEVERED PTC
(POSTS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION PARASTATAL) AND ZESA
LINES, RESULTING IN LOSS OF CONTACT WITH THE REST OF THE
COUNTRY AND POWER FOR ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES.

-SIMILARLY, THE ENTIRE AFFECTED POPULATION SUFFERED AND, INDEED,
CONTINUES TO SUFFER FROM THE EFFECTS OF THE DAMAGE TO THE
ENVIRONMENT. THE MASSIVE LOSS OF TOPSOIL WILL HAVE FAR-REACHING
IMPLICATIONS ON AGRICULTURE IN THESE DISTRICTS. THE DAMAGE TO
THE FLORA AND, TO A LESSER DEGREE, THE FAUNA WILL LEAD TO SCARS
ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL LANDSCAPE WHOSE COST TO THE COUNTRY IS
INCALCULABLE.

-MORE THAN 200,000 OF THE PEOPLE IN THE AFFECTED AREAS ARE
CONSIDERED VULNERABLE (THE OLD, THE YOUNG AND THE INFIRM OF BOTH
GENDERS), OUT OF A TOTAL ESTIMATED POPULATION OF SOME 2.7
MILLION PEOPLE. THE PERSONAL AND COLLECTIVE LOSSES RANGE FROM
LOSS OF LIFE OF IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS, TO LOSS OF HOUSEHOLDS,
CROPS AND LIVESTOCK, TO (ANTICIPATED SUBSEQUENT) LOSSES OF BOTH
LIFE AND LIVESTOCK TO DISEASES AFFLICTING THE SURVIVING
POPULATIONS.

-DAMAGE AND DESTRUCTION TO CLINICS, SCHOOLS, DRINKING WATER
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SOURCES, SUCH AS WELLS AND BOREHOLES, AS WELL AS IRRIGATION
SCHEMES, SERIOUSLY DISRUPTED THE LIVES OF THIS SEGMENT OF THE
POPULATION.

-ON THE INFRASTRUCTURAL FRONT, MINOR REPAIRS TO ROADS AND
BRIDGES WERE PERFORMED TO INCREASE ACCESSIBILITY. THE ARMY
ERECTED 'BAILEY' BRIDGES ON MAJOR ROADS, SUCH AS THE CHANGAZI
AND NYANYADZI BRIDGES, TO IMPROVE ACCESS INTO THE HINTERLAND,
AND FARM LABOURERS WERE USED TO CLEAR ROADS OF TREES IN
CHIMANIMANI AND CHIPINGE DISTRICTS. IN MATABE
LELAND SOUTH
PROVINCE, JOINT EFFORTS INVOLVING THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES,
COMMERCIAL FARMERS UNION AND GOVERNMENT LED TO THE RE-OPENING OF
THE UMZINGWANE BRIDGE AND OTHER SMALL BRIDGES IN THE AREA.

-THE ZIMBABWE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY AUTHORITY (ZESA) SPENT SOME
Z$27 MILLION TO REPAIR AND REHABILITATE THEIR LINES IN THE FOUR
PROVINCES. WHILE THE REHABILITATION IS STILL ONGOING, AN
ADDITIONAL Z$30 MILLION IN COSTS HAS BEEN INCURRED DUE TO
REVENUE LOSSES. SIMILARLY, THE POST AND TELECOMMUNICATION
CORPORATION (PTC) HAS REGISTERED LOSSES AMOUNTING TO Z$30

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USAID/W FOR BHR/OFDA FOR B. SANDFORD, M. ROGERS;
BHR/FFP FOR C.W.T. HAGELMAN3, B. VOGLER; AFR/SD FOR W.
WHELAN; AFR/SA FOR N. NEWMAN, C. REINTSMA, W. JEFFERS,
M. SCOVILL; STATE FOR AF/S RENDER AND GURNEY; NAIROBI
FOR BHR/OFDA/ARO K. SMITH, G. GOTTLIEB; MAPUTO FOR
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E.O. 12958: N/A
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SUBJECT: ZIMBABWE FLOODING DISASTER SITUATION REPORT
(SITREP) NO. 5

MILLION IN REPAIRS AND LOST REVENUE DUE TO THE EFFECTS OF THE
STORMS AND FLOODING.

-THE DISTRIBUTION OF RELIEF ITEMS OF FOOD, CLOTHING, BLANKETS,
TENTS AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES CONTINUES. AN APPEAL HAS BEEN MADE
TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY THROUGH THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN
AFFAIRS AND UNDP, AND A NUMBER OF ENQUIRIES HAVE BEEN RECEIVED
FROM FOREIGN MISSIONS, NOTABLY FROM CANADA AND ITALY.

SYNOPSIS OF THE RELIEF, RECONSTRUCTION AND REHABILITATION
STRATEGY

6. FROM THE OUTSET, IT BECAME CLEAR THAT PRIORITIES HAD TO BE
SET AND STRATEGIES AGREED UPON TO EFFECTIVELY TACKLE THE SUPPLY
OF RELIEF AND GUIDE THE RECONSTRUCTION AND REHABILITATION
PROGRAM.

-THE FIRST PRIORITY WAS TO CONDUCT INITIAL DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS
IN TANDEM WITH THE RESCUE OF MAROONED PEOPLE. ACCESS BY ROAD
WAS GROSSLY LIMITED DUE TO DAMAGE TO ROADS AND BRIDGES. THE
ZIMBABWE FORCES WERE THEN INVITED TO FLY SORTIES INTO THE
AREAS. SIX HELICOPTERS WERE PUT AT (THE DEPARTMENT'S) DISPOSAL
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TOGETHER WITH TWO FIXED-WING PLANES. THE ZIMBABWE REPUBLIC
POLICE'S FIXED-WING SECTION ALSO PROVIDED SIX PLANES WHICH WERE
USED BOTH FOR RECONNAISSANCE AND AIRLIFTING OF FOODSTUFFS FROM
HARARE TO AERODROMES IN THE AFFECTED AREAS. HELICOPTERS
RESCUED 605 TRAPPED PEOPLE AND ALSO FERRIED FOOD AND OTHER
RELIEF ITEMS FROM AERODROMES TO INACCESSIBLE AREAS.

-ACCESS TO MOST AREAS IN THE AFFECTED DISTRICTS IS NOW POSSIBLE
BY LIGHT FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLES, ALTHOUGH THE SITUATION
REMAINS FLUID WITH THE CONTINUING RAINFALL. SATELLITE DEPOTS
HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED IN AREAS WHERE PEOPLE FROM INACCESSIBLE
AREAS CAN COME BY SCOTCH-CARTS, DONKEYS OR ON FOOT TO RECEIVE
RELIEF. ALTERNATIVELY, PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PUT IN CAMPS TO ENSURE
EFFECTIVE DISTRIBUTION OF RELIEF SUPPLIES AND SUSTENANCE.

-MEANWHILE, DONATIONS IN CASH AND KIND HAVE CONTINUED TO POUR
INTO THE COFFERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL PROTECTION AND THE
ZIMBABWE RED CROSS SOCIETY. TO DATE, THE DEPARTMENT HAS
RECEIVED SOME Z$10,850,000 IN CASH, IN ADDITION TO DONATIONS OF
20 TONS OF MAIZE, 3 TONS OF MEALIE (MAIZE) MEAL, 5.8 TONS OF
MILK, BEANS, SUGAR, KAPENTA (FISH) AND OTHER FOOD ITEMS. OTHER
ITEMS SUCH AS APPROX. 6,000 BLANKETS, 240 PLASTIC ROLLS, 110
TENTS, SOAP AND USED CLOTHING WERE ALSO DONATED. THE ZIMBABWE
RED CROSS SOCIETY HAS RECEIVED Z$11.3 MILLION IN CASH, AS WELL
AS VARIOUS DONATED COMMODITIES, SUCH AS 5 TONS OF SUGAR, 60 TONS
MEALIE-MEAL, KAPENTA, KITCHEN UTENSILS, PLASTIC SHEETING AND
BLANKETS. OTHER ITEMS WERE DONATED DIRECTLY TO THE AFFECTED
AREAS BY NGOS AND CIVIC GROUPS. HOWEVER, AS A CONTROL MEASURE,
MEASURES HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE WHICH ENABLE THE DISTRICT
ADMINISTRATORS AND PROVINCIAL ADMINISTRATORS TO COMPILE
AGGREGATE CHARTS OF ALL DONATIONS DISTRIBUTED WITHIN THEIR
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RESPECTIVE JURISDICTIONS TO DATE.

-THE APPEAL FOR RELIEF ITEMS CONTINUES, SINCE THE BULK OF THE
VULNERABLE POPULATION HAVE NO MEANS TO SUSTAIN THEMSELVES WELL
INTO NEXT YEAR. THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE, WHICH HAS
SOME Z$12 MILLION IN THEIR (BUDGET) ALLOCATION, HAS BEEN
REQUESTED TO ASSESS THE FOOD REQUIREMENTS FOR THOSE IN NEED FOR
THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.

-IN THE MEDIUM TO LONG TERM, THE STRATEGY ENVISAGES THE
RECONSTRUCTION OF HOMESTEADS, GRANARIES AND BLAIR TOILETS
DAMAGED OR DESTROYED BY THE FLOODS. A NUMBER OF DESIGNS FOR
MORE ROBUST HOMES ARE BEING DEVELOPED BY TECHNICAL STAFF FROM
VARIOUS AGENCIES. IT IS HOPED THAT BOTH GOVERNMENT AND NGOS
WILL USE THESE DESIGNS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF HOMESTEADS IN
THE AFFECTED AREAS. THESE STRUCTURES WILL REPLACE THE PLASTIC
SHEETING AND TENT SHELTERS THAT WERE ERECTED AS A TEMPORARY
MEASURE.

-IN THE RECONSTRUCTION PHASE, SOME OF THE HOMES WILL HAVE TO BE
RELOCATED TO HIGHER AND FIRMER GROUND AWAY FROM THE FLOOD

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UNCLAS SECTION 04 OF 07 HARARE 001901

SIPDIS

AIDAC

USAID/W FOR BHR/OFDA FOR B. SANDFORD, M. ROGERS;
BHR/FFP FOR C.W.T. HAGELMAN3, B. VOGLER; AFR/SD FOR W.
WHELAN; AFR/SA FOR N. NEWMAN, C. REINTSMA, W. JEFFERS,
M. SCOVILL; STATE FOR AF/S RENDER AND GURNEY; NAIROBI
FOR BHR/OFDA/ARO K. SMITH, G. GOTTLIEB; MAPUTO FOR
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID ZI
SUBJECT: ZIMBABWE FLOODING DISASTER SITUATION REPORT
(SITREP) NO. 5

PLAINS. OF NECESSITY, THE PROCESS OF RELOCATION WILL DOVETAIL
WITH THE REORGANISATION OF VILLAGES AND THE RESETTLEMENT
PROGRAMME. IN CHIMANIMANI, ESPECIALLY, THERE IS AN URGENT NEED
TO ACQUIRE PLANTATION LAND TO ACCOMMODATE RURAL COMMUNITIES
LANGUISHING IN THE CROWDED VALLEYS.

-THE REHABILITATION PHASE MUST, OF NECESSITY, TAKE INTO ACCOUNT
THE NEED TO SUPPLY COMMUNITIES WITH SEED, FERTILIZERS, CHEMICALS
AND TILLAGE. THIS WILL LESSEN THE ELEMENT OF DEPENDENCE WHICH,
PARADOXICALLY, THE RELIEF PHASE PROMOTES. GOVERNMENT, WITH
SUPPORT FROM THE UNITED NATIONS AGENCIES AND OTHER NGOS, WILL
NEED TO UNDERTAKE AN AGGRESSIVE AND WELL-COORDINATED EFFORT TO
THIS ASPECT OF THE STRATEGY.

-APART FROM THE PHASES OF THE STRATEGY ADDRESSED ABOVE, HEALTH
CONSIDERATIONS NEED TO BE CONSIDERED SINCE THEIR POTENTIAL
EFFECTS TRANSCEND ALL THE IMPACTS DISCUSSED ABOVE.

-DURING THE RESCUE PHASE, MANY PEOPLE WERE AFFECTED BY EXPOSURE
TO THE ELEMENTS, THEREBY INCREASING THEIR SUSCEPTIBILITY TO
ILLNESS; HENCE THE NEED FOR CLOTHING AND TEMPORARY SHELTER.
THIS SITUATION WAS FURTHER EXACERBATED BY DELAYS IN AIRLIFTING
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FOOD RATIONS AND THE SUPPLY OF CLEAN DRINKING WATER TO THE
AFFECTED AREAS/PEOPLE - BOTH OF WHICH ARE FUNDAMENTAL TO GOOD
HEALTH. BEYOND THE IMMEDIATE FEEDING REQUIREMENTS, THERE IS
NEED TO SUSTAIN LIVES IN THE LONG-RUN THROUGH CONTINUED
SUPPLEMENTARY FEEDING PROGRAMS.

-CURRENTLY, THERE IS IMMEDIATE NEED FOR WATER PURIFICATION
TABLETS AND EQUIPMENT TO PREVENT THE OUTBREAK OF DIARRHOEAL
DISEASES, SUCH AS CHOLERA, WHICH THRIVE ON THE ABSENCE OF CLEAN
DRINKING WATER AND GOOD SANITATION. WITH THE ABUNDANCE OF
STATIC WATER PONDS, MALARIA OUTBREAKS HAVE ALREADY BEEN REPORTED
IN ALL THE AFFECTED AREAS AND BEYOND. IF INTERVENTIONIST
STRATEGIES ARE NOT ADOPTED, MALNUTRITION WILL ALSO OCCUR OVER
TIME, FURTHER COMPLICATING THE HEALTH PROFILE.

-WHILE THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND CHILD WELFARE, WITH THE
ASSISTANCE OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO), HAS MADE
SOME INROADS IN INTERVENTION, THERE IS CLEARLY A NEED FOR
FURTHER ASSISTANCE FROM INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL SOURCES TO IMPROVE
THEIR PREPAREDNESS IN THIS REGARD.

-ANOTHER AREA WHICH NEEDS TO BE HIGHLIGHTED IS THE NEED FOR
APPROPRIATE EQUIPMENT TO COUNTER THE EFFECTS OF DISASTERS, IN
GENERAL. IDEALLY, THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES IN THE EASTERN
HIGHLANDS NEED TO ACQUIRE CHAIN-SAWS AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE
VEHICLES. IN THE AFTERMATH OF CYCLONE ELINE, THE ABILITY OF THE
EMERGENCY RESPONSE VEHICLES IN MUTARE DISTRICT TO REACT WAS
COMPROMISED BY INACCESSIBILITY OF THE ROADS CAUSED BY FALLEN
TREES. THE SAME CONSTRAINTS WERE EXPERIENCED IN CHIPINGE
DISTRICT. CHIMANIMANI DISTRICT DOES NOT HAVE ANY TYPE OF
EMERGENCY VEHICLES, HENCE THE IMMENSE DIFFICULTIES EXPERIENCED
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IN THE INITIAL REACTION STAGES. THERE IS ALSO A NEED TO
ESTABLISH DISASTER WAREHOUSES, PREFERABLY AT THE PROVINCIAL
LEVEL, WHERE ITEMS SUCH AS MOBILE KITCHENS, TENTS AND OTHER NON-
FOOD ITEMS WILL BE STORED IN READINESS FOR IMMEDIATE USE IN
TIMES OF STRIFE.

-REFUSE COLLECTION VEHICLES AND AMBULANCES ALSO NEED TO BE
ADEQUATELY SUPPLIED TO ALL LOCAL AUTHORITIES AS PART OF THE
GRAND STRATEGY TO IMPROVE HEALTH DELIVERY THROUGHOUT THE
COUNTRY.

-IN THE LONG TERM, THERE IS A NEED TO EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY OF
SECURING NON-MILITARY HELICOPTERS FOR RAPID REACTION TO SERIOUS
EMERGENCIES SUCH AS CYCLONE E
LINE. THE PILOTS AND SERVICING OF
SUCH PLANES COULD BE ACQUIRED THROUGH THE ZIMBABWE AIR FORCE
UNDER TERMS AND CONDITIONS WHICH CAN BE WORKED OUT IN DUE
COURSE.

-ON THE WHOLE, THE CURRENT ECONOMIC CLIMATE CHARACTERIZED BY
SHORTAGE OF FOREIGN CURRENCY AND FUEL HAS IMPINGED ON THE RELIEF

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UNCLAS SECTION 05 OF 07 HARARE 001901

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USAID/W FOR BHR/OFDA FOR B. SANDFORD, M. ROGERS;
BHR/FFP FOR C.W.T. HAGELMAN3, B. VOGLER; AFR/SD FOR W.
WHELAN; AFR/SA FOR N. NEWMAN, C. REINTSMA, W. JEFFERS,
M. SCOVILL; STATE FOR AF/S RENDER AND GURNEY; NAIROBI
FOR BHR/OFDA/ARO K. SMITH, G. GOTTLIEB; MAPUTO FOR
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MORTON; GENEVA PLEASE PASS TO UNOCHA, IFRC; ROME PLEASE
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID ZI
SUBJECT: ZIMBABWE FLOODING DISASTER SITUATION REPORT
(SITREP) NO. 5

AND RECOVERY PROGRAM. NOTWITHSTANDING THESE CONSTRAINTS, THE
MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT HAS BEEN SUPPORTIVE IN ALLOCATING LIMITED
STOCKS OF PETROL AND DIESEL TO THE AFFECTED AREAS. THE
SITUATION IS EXPECTED TO IMPROVE AS FUEL DELIVERIES INCREASE.

REGIONAL AND BILATERAL COOPERATION

7. MEETINGS ON REGIONAL AND BILATERAL COOPERATION HAVE RECENTLY
TAKEN PLACE. ON MARCH 3, THE MINISTER OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND
NATIONAL HOUSING AND HIS COLLEAGUES FROM BOTSWANA AND
MOZAMBIQUE WERE HOSTED BY THEIR COUNTERPART, THE MINISTER OF
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND PROVINCIAL ADMINISTRATION IN PRETORIA.
THE DELIBERATIONS PRIMARILY FOCUSED ON THE NEED TO OFFER
ASSISTANCE TO MOZAMBIQUE WHICH IS REELING UNDER THE EFFECTS OF
CYCLONE ELINE. FOUR MAJOR RESOLUTIONS RESULTED FROM THE
DISCUSSIONS:

-THAT A TEAM OF EXPERTS BE CONSTITUTED TO DEAL WITH THE
IMPLICATIONS OF THE RECENT DISASTERS ON THE ECONOMY, TRADE,
AGRICULTURE, THE GENERAL LIVELIHOOD OF THE CITIZENS OF OUR
RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES, ETC., AND SUBMIT PROPOSALS THEREON AS SOON
AS POSSIBLE;
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-THAT WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO PROMOTING COORDINATION IN THE
HANDLING OF THE CURRENT AND ALL FUTURE DISASTERS, AND TO
ESTABLISH APPROPRIATE STRUCTURES IN ORDER TO
REALIZE THIS OBJECTIVE;

-THAT THE DISASTER MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS FROM OUR COUNTRIES
SHOULD ANALYSE THE CURRENT SYSTEM OF DISASTER MANAGEMENT WITH A
VIEW TO ENHANCING OUR CAPACITY TO RESPOND AND PREVENT/MITIGATE
DISASTERS, AND ALSO CONSIDER THE POSSIBLE ESTABLISHMENT OF A

SADC DISASTER MANAGEMENT UNIT; AND

-THAT OUR COUNTRIES SHOULD MOVE TO BUILD THE CAPACITY OF OUR
WEATHER MONITORING, AND JOINT TRAINING OF STAFF.

OFFICIALS FROM PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES ARE EXPECTED TO MEET SOON
TO DISCUSS IMPLEMENTATION OF THESE MINISTERIAL RESOLUTIONS.

8. WITH RESPECT TO BILATERAL INITIATIVES, ZIMBABWE HAS PLEDGED
TO ASSIST MOZAMBIQUE ON SEVERAL FRONTS:

-THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND CHILD WELFARE HAS ALREADY VISITED
MAPUTO WITH HIS DELEGATION WHERE BILATERAL AND SUB-REGIONAL
COOPERATION DISCUSSIONS TOOK PLACE.

-A SADC ACTION PLAN HAS BEEN PRODUCED.

-DEFENCE CHIEFS FROM THE TWO COUNTRIES ALSO ENGAGED IN
DISCUSSIONS LEADING TO JOINT OPERATIONS IN RESCUE AND LOGISTICAL
SUPPORT ACROSS OUR COMMON BORDER.
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-CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION FORMALITIES HAVE BEEN RELAXED TO ALLOW
DISTRESSED MOZAMBICANS NEAR THE BORDER TO ENTER ZIMBABWE FOR
RELIEF.

GOVERNMENT AWAITS FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS IN THIS FIELD OF
COOPERATION BEFORE REVIEWING ITS ASSISTANCE.

SUMMARY OF SECTORAL REPORTS

NOTE: THE MISSION COULD NOT OBTAIN COPIES OF THE MORE DETAILED
SECTORAL ANNEXES UPON WHICH THESE SUMMARIES ARE BASED. IT IS
HOPED THAT THIS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE ISSUED WITH THE
FINAL REPORT. END NOTE.

9. A SUMMARY OF REPORTS RECEIVED FROM ALL SECTORAL SUBMISSIONS
FOLLOWS:

-HYDROLOGICAL BRANCH (DEPARTMENT OF WATER): THE HYDROLOGICAL
BRANCH HAS REPORTED DAMAGE OF GAUGING WEIRS IN SEVERAL DAMS
AMOUNTING TO Z$13,710,000. THE WATER DIVISION OF THE DISTRICT

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USCINCEUR VAIHINGEN GE//POLAD// PRIORITY
AMEMBASSY PRETORIA PRIORITY
USMISSION GENEVA
AMEMBASSY ROME
DIA WASHINGTON DC
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY

UNCLAS SECTION 06 OF 07 HARARE 001901

SIPDIS

AIDAC

USAID/W FOR BHR/OFDA FOR B. SANDFORD, M. ROGERS;
BHR/FFP FOR C.W.T. HAGELMAN3, B. VOGLER; AFR/SD FOR W.
WHELAN; AFR/SA FOR N. NEWMAN, C. REINTSMA, W. JEFFERS,
M. SCOVILL; STATE FOR AF/S RENDER AND GURNEY; NAIROBI
FOR BHR/OFDA/ARO K. SMITH, G. GOTTLIEB; MAPUTO FOR
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MORTON; GENEVA PLEASE PASS TO UNOCHA, IFRC; ROME PLEASE
PASS TO FODAG

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID ZI
SUBJECT: ZIMBABWE FLOODING DISASTER SITUATION REPORT
(SITREP) NO. 5

DEVELOPMENT FUND (THE DDF HAS PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY FOR
LOCAL/RURAL WORKS) REQUIRES Z$297,100,000 FOR THE REPAIR OF
DAMAGED LOCAL DAMS, WELLS, BOREHOLES AND WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS.

-DEPARTMENT OF ROADS: DAMAGE TO NATIONAL ROADS AND BRIDGES IN
THE AFFECTED PROVINCES IS UNPRECEDENTED, ENTAILING
REHABILITATION COSTS ESTIMATED AT Z$433,207,500. UP TO 5,290
KM OF DDF ROADS WERE AFFECTED BY THE FLOODING DISASTER,
AMOUNTING TO Z$210,000,000 IN REHABILITATION COSTS.

-VETERINARY SERVICES: LARGE NUMBERS OF LIVESTOCK WERE LOST TO
FLOODING. THE LIVESTOCK THAT SURVIVED THE FLOODING
ARE AT RISK
TO A HOST OF PESTS AND SHOULD BE VACCINATED. FURTHERMORE,
INFRASTRUCTURE RELATED TO LIVESTOCK HUSBANDRY, SUCH AS DIP TANKS
AND FENCING FOR GRAZING SCHEMES, WAS ALSO DESTROYED. THE
ESTIMATED REHABILITATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS SECTOR INCLUDE:
A LIVESTOCK RESTOCKING PROGRAM (Z$11,412,000); INFRASTRUCTURE
REPAIR COSTS (Z$12,130,000); AND VETERINARY COSTS, I.E.,
VACCINES AND DRUGS (Z$2,000,000). TOTAL VETERINARY SECTOR
COSTS ARE, THEREFORE, ESTIMATED AT Z$23,544,000.

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-DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL TECHNICAL AND EXTENSION SERVICES:
CURRENT ESTIMATES INDICATE THAT CROPS WORTH (Z$) BILLIONS WERE
LOST TO THE FLOODING DISASTER. A MORE DETAILED ASSESSMENT IS
STILL UNDERWAY. IRRIGATION SCHEMES SUFFERED SUBSTANTIAL
DAMAGES, REQUIRING Z$229,615,000 FOR RESTORATION AND
REHABILITATION.

-HEALTH SECTOR: THE FLOODING DISASTER HAS INCREASED THE RISK OF
EPIDEMIC DISEASES, NOTABLY MALARIA, DYSENTERY, CHOLERA AND
TYPHOID. OTHER HEALTH CONCERNS INCLUDE MALNUTRITION AND
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CONCERNS. URGENT REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE:
DRUGS (Z$12,386,988); HEALTH RELIEF REQUIREMENTS (Z$5,947,352);
STAFF ALLOWANCES (FIELD SUBSISTENCE COSTS) (Z$3,616,800); AND
INFRASTRUCTURE (CLINICS, EQUIPMENT, ETC.) (Z$149,500,000).
TOTAL HEALTH SECTOR REQUIRMENTS ARE, THEREFORE, ESTIMATED AT
Z$171,451,140.

-EDUCATION SECTOR: CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE OCCURRED TO SCHOOLS AND
STATIONERY IN MANY AREAS OF THE COUNTRY. A SUMMARY OF
REQUIREMENTS FOLLOWS: MANICALAND - 68 SCHOOLS - Z$25,000,000;
MASVINGO - 160 SCHOOLS - 47,330,000; MATEBELELAND SOUTH - 26
SCHOOLS - Z$5,315,500; AND MIDLANDS - 25 SCHOOLS - Z$5,500,000.
TOTAL EDUCATION SECTOR COSTS ARE, THEREFORE, ESTIMATED AT
Z$83,145,500.

-ZIMBABWE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY AUTHORITY: ABOUT 70% OF THE
NATIONAL ELECTRICAL GRID WAS AFFECTED AND SUPPLIES DISCONNECTED,
PARTICULARLY IN PARTS OF MANICALAND AND MASVINGO PROVINCES.
31,000 CUSTOMERS WERE AFFECTED IN THESE AREAS, AND ZESA LOST
Z$32 MILLION IN REVENUE. ESTIMATED REPAIR COSTS ARE IN EXCESS OF
Z$25 MILLION. COMBINED LOST REVENUES AND REPAIR COSTS ARE
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ESTIMATED AT Z$57,000,000.

-PTC DAMAGES ARE ESTIMATED TO TOTAL Z$30 MILLION.

10. IN CONCLUSION, THE OVERALL DAMAGE ESTIMATE CURRENTLY STANDS
AT Z$1,109,158,140 (ABOUT US$27.5 MILLION). IT IS IMPORTANT TO
NOTE THAT THIS ESTIMATE CONSISTS PRIMARILY OF HEALTH, LIVESTOCK
AND INFRASTRUCTURE COSTS. THIS ESTIMATE DOES NOT/NOT INCLUDE
OTHER SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC COSTS FROM THIS DISASTER, SUCH AS
PERSONAL PROPERTY/SHELTER COSTS, AGRICULTURAL (INCLUDING
FORESTRY) AND FOOD SECURITY COSTS, AND PRIVATE BUSINESS
DAMAGES/LOSSES (E.G., DIRECT DAMAGES; POWER, TRANSPORT,
COMMUNICATIONS AND (ADDITIONAL) FUEL SUPPLY DISRUPTIONS;
REDUCED TOURISM ARRIVALS; ETC.), WHICH COULD EASILY ADD UP TO
ADDITIONAL Z$ BILLIONS.

11. COMMENT: THE REPORT PRESENTS THE BEST AVAILABLE SUMMARY
INFORMATION TO DATE ON THE AFFECTS OF THE RECENT FLOODING
DISASTER IN ZIMBABWE. WHILE NOT YET COMPLETE, FOR THE SECTORS
COVERED (MOST INFRASTRUCTURE, HEALTH AND LIVESTOCK), THE
INFORMATION PROVIDED AGREES WELL WITH INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM

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AMEMBASSY PRETORIA PRIORITY
USMISSION GENEVA
AMEMBASSY ROME
DIA WASHINGTON DC
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY

UNCLAS SECTION 07 OF 07 HARARE 001901

SIPDIS

AIDAC

USAID/W FOR BHR/OFDA FOR B. SANDFORD, M. ROGERS;
BHR/FFP FOR C.W.T. HAGELMAN3, B. VOGLER; AFR/SD FOR W.
WHELAN; AFR/SA FOR N. NEWMAN, C. REINTSMA, W. JEFFERS,
M. SCOVILL; STATE FOR AF/S RENDER AND GURNEY; NAIROBI
FOR BHR/OFDA/ARO K. SMITH, G. GOTTLIEB; MAPUTO FOR
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MORTON; GENEVA PLEASE PASS TO UNOCHA, IFRC; ROME PLEASE
PASS TO FODAG

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID ZI
SUBJECT: ZIMBABWE FLOODING DISASTER SITUATION REPORT
(SITREP) NO. 5

OTHER SOURCES ON THIS SUBJECT. THE ESTIMATES ALSO AGREE FAIRLY
WELL WITH THE MISSION'S PRIOR PRELIMINARY DAMAGE/NEEDS
ESTIMATES. FOR THESE REASONS, WHILE NOT YET OFFICIALLY
RELEASED, THE MISSION BELIEVES THAT THESE FIGURES WILL REMAIN
CLOSE TO THE FINAL OFFICIAL ESTIMATES FOR THIS DISASTER. THE
TOTAL MAGNITUDE OF THESE ESTIMATES (APPROX. US$27.5 MILLION)
LENDS STRONG CREDENCE TO THE MISSION'S PRIOR ASSESSMENT
REGARDING THE RELATIVELY MORE MODERATE SCOPE AND SEVERITY OF
THE IMPACTS FROM THIS DISASTER IN ZIMBABWE (VS. NEIGHBORING
MOZAMBIQUE). END COMMENT.

IRVING

UNCLASSIFIED

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