damages.jpgGovernment has commended the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) for its involvement in disaster rescue operations across the country through offering technical expertise and mobilising resources.

 

IOM, which in several occasions has worked with the Department of Civil Protection in disaster rescue in flood prone areas has made significant contributions in the reduction of deaths caused by natural disasters such as floods.

 

Officiating at the handover of two speed boats to the Department of Civil Protection by IOM, the Acting Minister of Local Government, Urban and Rural Development, Cde. Nicholas Goche expressed optimism that the donation will help reduce risks of drowning as rescue teams will be able to conduct rapid rescue operations.

 

IOM Deputy Chief of Mission in Zimbabwe, Ms. Katie Kerr pledged the organisation’s commitment in partnering government towards the reduction of loss of life due to natural disasters.

 

Zimbabwe seasonally experiences problems with floods especially in low lying areas such as Muzarabani  in the Zambezi valley.

 

The worst floods in living memory were however experienced in 2000 and were induced by Cyclone Eline.