Such excessive rainfall had a lot of negative effects on the crops


Such excessive rainfall had a lot of negative effects on the crops, livestock, houses and social networks as Saviours, (2014) argued. The victim lost most of their crops as they were entirely water-logged by such heavy rain. People also lost most of their livestock such as goats, sheep and cattle due to this floods. Villagers were left with no other option rather than forced to migrate from their ancestral land to nearby district of Mwenezi as such floods had left their shelters uninhabitable. Thus, these migrations unfavourably negatively impacted the social –economic capital of the villagers.
The substantial rainfall together with consequent floods had badly affected the lives of twelve villages, namely Chekai, Jahwa, Zifunzi, Mharadzano, Chikandigwa and Vhomo in Nemauzhe communal lands; and Tagwirei, Ndove, Matandizvo, Chikosi, Mashenjere and Nongera in Neruvanga communal lands (The Herald, 15 February, 2014). It is said agriculture was the main livelihood activity of these villagers hence, it can also be claimed that it was their main source of living. As the country noticed the magnitude of the danger widespread flooding, the government of Zimbabwe (President) stated the flooding in Tokwe –Mukosi a ‘national disaster’ in the month of February 2014, (UNICEF Zimbabwe Co situation Report #2).