A violent storm ripped through Gwanda ward 1 villages on Tuesday 10 November 2020 damaging over 62 homes (with 12 totally destroyed) and damaging infrastructure in 5 schools.
MIHR has been continuously assessing the situation and a week later (on Tuesday 17 November) most of the communities were already rehabilitating their damaged infrastructure.
The institute observed the following:
- The local district disaster response team visited the area 48 hours after the incident for an assessment but they have not been able to get assistance for the affected families
- At the ward and village levels, the disaster risk reduction committees need strengthening
- There is need for assistance to rebuild the destroyed houses, food assistance, stationary assistance and some families need assistance with civil documents that were soiled by the rains.
The #RebuildGwandaWard1 Campaign has already started getting resources for the affected families and it is being supported by the local leadership including the DDC, the Councilor and the traditional leadership.