AfDB’s US$24 Million Post-Cyclone Programme Bolsters Infrastructure

Leafias Mazviro

The AfDB’s US$24 million post cyclone programme saw the rehabilitation of infrastructure, water and sanitation projects including bridges that have gone way into building the resilience of the Chimanimani and surrounding communities, African Development Bank (AfDB) country programme officers Ms Belinda Cherice has said.

Speaking during the handover ceremony of two auger truck to the Ministry of Local Government and Public works which was held yesterday, Ms Cherise said their intervention has seen Chimanimani and other surrounding areas being equipped with more resilient infrastructure and water services.

The two trucks were meant to conclude the AfDB’s US$24 million for Post Cyclone Idai Resilience Emergency Project which was began in 2019.
“This project was approved in 2019 and the bank’s contribution was a grant of US$24 million which was exceptionally approved because of the emergency situation of the project.

“The project has come in to support the communities in Chimanimani and other parts of the eastern part of Zimbabwe following the post Cyclone Idai and Kenneth disaster,” she said.

Acting Permanent Secretary of the Local Government and Public Works, Ms Konzani Ncube commented the AfDB works and she said the trucks will be stationed in Manicaland province at it become a hotspot for natural disasters.

“I am reliably informed that this is the last consignment of the fleet to ZETDC as part of Cyclone Idai Recovery Project courtesy of the US$25 million project by AfDB,” she said.

She added that following the devastating Tropical Cyclone Idai in March 2019, the initial damage assessments undertaken concluded that US$557 to US$767 million was required to support Zimbabwe recovery and restore damaged infrastructure and livelihoods.

The Post-Cyclone Idai Emergency Recovery and Resilience Project (PCIREP) was established with a view to re-establish sustainable public infrastructure and restore economic activities of affected populations in the most impacted districts of Chimanimani and Chipinge.

“We are also pleased with the 33kV electricity distribution network extending from Chipangayi (Middle Sabi) to Chipinge and the reinforcement of the distribution line between Chipinge and Chimanimani.

“Electricity in these areas is now guaranteed, thereby enhancing communication networks. It is our wish that the trucks and previously donated items be stationed in Manicaland which has now become a pathway for all hydro-meteorological disasters,” she said.

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