HARARE, March 22 (Xinhua) -- Weather experts have warned of possible fresh flooding in some parts of Zimbabwe, which is still reeling from recent heavy rains that left 271 people dead.
"Flood threats have heightened in Manicaland Province (eastern Zimbabwe) as well as Mashonaland provinces (largely northern Zimbabwe), so be warned," the Meteorological Services Department said in a statement on Wednesday.
According to the Civil Protection Unit, the recent rain, worsened by Cyclone Dineo that hit the country in February, has damaged nearly 2,600 homesteads.
The worst-affected district was Tsholotsho in Matabeleland North Province, where a total of 859 people were left homeless and are currently in a transit camp and an additional 100 households remain at risk.
Zimbabwe National Water Authority said over 100,000 people were without safe drinking water following the damage to water supply infrastructure.
President Robert Mugabe on March 2 declared a State of Flood Disaster, leading to the launching of a domestic and international appeal for nearly 189 million U.S. dollars to help victims and repair infrastructure.