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Flood victims get cement


CEMENT producer Lafarge Cement yesterday donated 60 tonnes of cement towards construction of houses and 15 tonnes of maize for thousands of families displaced by the flooding at Tokwe-Mukosi Dam in basin Masvingo.

An estimated 2 500 families were forced to leave their homes in the dam’s flood basin early this month due to the floods and most of them are still living in transit camps as the government mobilises resources to resettle them.

Two weeks ago, President Robert Mugabe declared the floods a national disaster, paving way for the donor community to provide financial and material support to the affected families.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, acting Local Government minister Joseph Made said: “Shelter is the most critical need and provide a firm foundation for the affected people in the Tokwe-Mukosi area. This will go a long way in ensuring affected people get shelter.”

Made added: “We have put in place proper systems so that the donations reach those that are affected and in dire need of shelter.”

Lafarge Cement chairman Jonathan Shoniwa urged other corporate bodies to chip in. Masvingo South MP Walter Mzembi said there was need for a storage facility for the goods.

He said there was also need to rehabilitate infrastructure such as roads and bridges washed away by the floods.

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