Budiriro Floods Alert

Residents of Budiriro West suburb in Harare were left counting their losses after their homes were flooded by the incessant rains that occurred during the festive season. The homes, which were built on a wetland adjacent to Marimba river, were not spared by the rains that also flooded other high-density suburbs and low-lying areas in the country. The floods were particularly brutal in their onslaught, wreaking havoc on homes and possessions and tragically claiming the life of a six-year-old child.

Although section 28 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that the state and all institutions and agencies of government at every level must take reasonable legislative and other measures, within the limits of the resources available to them, to enable every person to have access to adequate shelter, people in Zimbabwe are homeless while many more millions live in conditions of vulnerability that threaten a wholesale erosion of human rights.These floods have threatened the enjoyment of the right to health by the residents of Budiriro, as they are prone to many water borne diseases and have also destroyed people’s hard earned assets.

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights), in collaboration with the Harare City Council invited sympathisers to provide humanitarian assistance to over 90 families who were displaced by the floods and were in urgent need of blankets, food, and accommodation.

ZimRights chipped in with blankets and foodstuff resourced from its partners and well-wishers. The donation was made to the Social Worker at Budiriro 3 Council primary School where 50 women and children from the affected area were housed. Handing over the donations the ZimRights National Chairperson Mr Takesure Musiiwa said that the overture was in line with ZimRights’ mandate of defending, promoting, and protecting human rights for everyone.

ZimRights got an opportunity to interact with the affected residents, both at the site of the flooding and at the temporary sanctuary at Budiriro 3. If you want to get involved in our community human rights monitoring work, feel free to join us as a member. Use this link to join our big family and make a difference in your communities or email: membership@zimrights.org.zw