Five humanitarian organisations have secured US$3 million to assist victims of Elnino induced drought and floods in Masvingo, Midlands and Matabeleland North Provinces.

Speaking on the sidelines of the US$3 million relief fund launched in Harare, OZFAM humanitarian programmes manager, Mr Joel Musarurwa said the money will go towards assisting victims of Elnino induced drought and floods in the affected areas.

He urged government to ensure that early warning systems are put in place for known disasters like floods, droughts and epidemics as responding to disaster costs way more than investing in disaster preparedness.

Drought relief projects have already commenced in Gutu, Mwenezi, Lupane and Hwange with the money already secured to complement these and other water and sanitation programmes.

The Elnino phenomenon is now declining though its impact continue to be felt in some parts of the country and across the African continent.