Category: Disasters

Journalist Zororo Makamba succumbed to COVID-19 becoming the first COVID-19 death in Zimbabwe

On this day in 2020, Zimbabwean journalist Zororo Makamba succumbed to COVID_19 (Coronavirus disease) at the age of 30. Makamba was the second person to test positive for the virus and his death was the first case recorded in Zimbabwe.

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Cyclone Idai dissipated in Zimbabwe after 2 days of destruction and loss of life

The tropical Cyclone which brought heavy rains and strong winds causing floods and landslides in parts of Zimbabwe dissipated. The disaster claimed over 340 lives and 51 000 people were displaced.

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Zimbabwe president Emmerson Mnangagwa declares coronavirus disease a state of disaster

On this day in 2020, His Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa joined other countries to declare coronavirus disease a national disaster. This was before any cases were confirmed in Zimbabwe. The president called off all social gatherings and cancelled local and international traveling for citizens.

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Zimbabwe confirms its first case of the novel coronavirus disease

On this day in 2020, Obadiah Moyo then Minister of Health and Child Care in Zimbabwe confirmed the country’s first case of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID_19). The infected person was a male resident of Victoria Falls who had traveled back from the UK.

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Tropical cyclone Idai hits eastern parts of Zimbabwe

On this day in 2019, heavy rains and strong winds fell across the eastern parts of Zimbabwe especially Chimanimani as cyclone Idai meandered through the country’s border with Mozambique. The cyclone caused flooding, landslides and rockfalls leading to the destruction of infrastructure, property, crops as well as loss of human and animal lives.

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Iron Duke Dam collapses

Iron Duke Dam partially collapsed and killed two people on this day. Iron duke Dam is near Glendale in Mashonaland Central. The cause of the collapse were believed to be caused by heavy rains in the area, damaging the infrastructure.

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