The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society has activated its disaster emergency relief fund totaling US$50 000 to help about 2000 families across the country whose houses were destroyed by the heavy rains.

The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society is also involved in the construction of footbridges in Nyamimyami across streams whose bridges were washed away by floods in previous years.

However, the Mashonaland West Provincial Civil Protection Committee is financially hamstrung as each of the seven districts in the province has only US$200 seed money in their accounts.

As if that is not enough, it was also highlighted how ill equipped the police sub aqua unit is, a situation that compromises rescue operations in the wake of flooding induced by Tropical Cyclone Dineo.

Mashonaland West Provincial Civil Protection Committee Chairperson, Mrs Cecilia Chitiyo called for the involvement of the corporate world and individuals in contributing towards disaster response preparedness.

Recently, scores of families in the Gatshegatshe fishing camps on the shores of Lake Kariba benefitted from the Disaster Emergency Relief Fund after their dwellings were destroyed by a storm.