The United Nations has called upon sympathisers to assist Zimbabwe evade possible starvation due to drought.
After a tour of Masvingo province recently, UN Resident Coordinator, Bishow Parajuli in a statement said stakeholders involved in aiding Cyclone Idai survivors should also focus on vulnerable drought-stricken communities to save people from starving.
"While the response to Cyclone Idai continues, the government, UN, development partners, NGOs and civil society as well as the private sector, must not lose focus in supporting vulnerable drought affected communities with the provision of social services, particularly in meeting the urgently needed critical medical supplies,building and strengthening resilience.
"The ongoing concerted drought relief, resilience and community asset building efforts by government, the UN, development partners, NGOs and communities have shown the way on the need to link humanitarian response and development programmes.
"There is need to scale up these interventions to ensure communities bounce back better and stronger in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development."
Zimbabwe has been receing unpredicted rainfall patterns in close to two decades resulting in poor harvests. These unpredicted rainfall patterns were characterised by hail storm, floods, little rains, and lately, cyclones.
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