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Provincial Water and Sanitation Subcommittee (PWSSC) Rapid Assessment Report-7 Apr 2019

The main objectives of the assessments were to: i. meet with key district informants (CPC) and DWSSC to discuss the extent of the damage as a result of cyclone Idai to water and sanitation facilities. ii. establish and verify the extent of the damages on the ground of a few selected points based on the information submitted. iii. identify gaps, priorities for the WASH sector response strategy. iv. recommend short-term, mid-term and long-term response, mitigation and preparedness strategies.
The rapid assessments were conducted by three teams from the Provincial water and sanitation subcommittee in collaboration with DWSSC and development partners in the districts. A tool developed by E-SAG was recommended for data collection, but on its application in the field the teams partial used it. This was due to the fact that it was difficult to use it to collect data related to the cyclone as it spoke mainly to diseases. Key informants: The main approach used for the study was meeting with key informants first at the district level, who are the District Civil Protection Committee (DCPC) and the District Water and Sanitation Subcommittees (DWSSC), which were active receiving information on the destructions and coordinating the response in the different districts. Purposeful sampling and snowballing: This was then done in consultations with the local structures for wards and villages that were visited. This was informed by the statistics received on extent of the problem. Case studies were also used to understand the problem better, from individual narratives and experience.
Key findings: 
 More water (55) and sanitation facilities were damaged in Chimanimani District more than other districts  The team noted that some sites included on the lists were part of the districts rolling plans and where not necessarily damaged by the cyclone.  Some of the water points included on the list were reported as non-functional prior to the Cyclone.  The workmanship on latrine construction and substandard material for example some were built with unburnt bricks, without cement and were also not roofed.  also contributed to the large number of structures that gave in to the cyclone. Due to inaccessibility some of the most hard hit areas of Chimanimani, data collection on household latrines is still under way.  The initial emphasis on data collection was focusing on institutions and centres where displaced people are housed.  Mutasa and Makoni did not report any damage on water infrastructure although Mutasa recommended Jombe Clinic for consideration as the tank serving the institution was leaking and needed replacement.
Assessment Questionnaire: 
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Assessment Data: 
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Assessment Date(s): 
29 Mar 2019 to 01 Apr 2019
Report completed
Population Type(s): 
All affected population
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
Mercy Corps
Participating Organization(s): 
United Nations Children's Fund
Government of Zimbabwe - Ministry of Water Resources Development Management
Government of Zimbabwe
World Vision International