The government has started a needs assessment, mapping flooded areas and attending to critical basic needs of the people affected by flooding caused by Cyclone Dineo.

The Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere said in some areas such as Tsholotsho, the government will avail alternative land to relocate families most of whom have agreed to be moved.

He added that Cyclone Dineo has increased the financial burden for the government with an already projected US$1,2 billion needed for the national road infrastructure upgrading.

“We now need about US$1,2 billion to attend to our roads nationwide and now is the time to engage into more private partnerships to come up with structures to recover the destroyed infrastructure,” said Cde Kasukuwere.

Air Force of Zimbabwe Deputy Director Operations, Wing Commander Maxwell Sakupwanya said the nation needs to take heed of the early warning systems so that people are not caught unaware.

As a long term measure the Department of Civil Protection says it is undertaking a methodology examination and livelihoods study on how to manage disasters.

There has also been consensus that areas that are prone to flooding should not be settled as it creates a resources mobilisation headache year in and year out.