Climate experts have applauded the government for declaring the current floods in the southern parts of the country a state of disaster and have called for funding from fiscus and multi-lateral organisations to be channelled towards adaptation, mitigation and climate resilient infrastructure.

Cabinet on Tuesday declared the floods a state of disaster, thus opening up opportunities for multi-lateral organisations, among them the United Nations (UN) to assist the affected communities in adapting and mitigating to climate change.

Environmentalists and climate experts believe funding is urgently required for the construction of flood and drought resilient infrastructure considering that Zimbabwe continues to face extreme weather events.

Climate expert, Mr Sherpard Zvigadza and environmentalist, Archibold Chemhere said the floods have exposed the need for government and communities to make sure that people are not caught unaware.

Meanwhile, as the country continues to receive torrential rains, the national dam level average has risen to 71,2 percent up from an average low of 53 percent a few weeks ago.