Hail­storm leaves trail of de­struc­tion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu Plumtree Cor­re­spon­dent

TWO hun­dred and sixty-one pupils from early child­hood de­vel­op­ment to Grade 5 at Dukwe Pri­mary School in Mangwe Dis­trict are shar­ing four class­rooms af­ter theirs were de­stroyed by a storm that hit the school re­cently.

About 10 home­steads and shops at Dukwe Busi­ness Cen­tre in Mad­abe Ward were also de­stroyed in the process.

Two vil­lagers sus­tained in­juries af­ter they were struck by fly­ing de­bris from af­fected struc­tures.

The head­mas­ter of the school, Mr Khum­bu­lani Ncube said only two class­room blocks were spared dur­ing the hail­storm which hit the area on Sun­day around 2PM.

He said 261 pupils were af­fected out of an enrolment of 403 pupils.

“Six class­rooms that were be­ing used by ECD, Grade One, Two, Three and Five classes had their roofs blown off dur­ing the hail­storm. Pupils from the whole school are now learn­ing from the re­main­ing four class­rooms.

“Two of the class­rooms are, how­ever, be­ing used by Grade Seven pupils who are writ­ing their ex­ams which means 10 classes are re­ly­ing on two class­rooms,” he said.

Mr Ncube said the school needed $4 300 to re­place the dam­aged roof­ing and $1 400 to re­place dam­aged text­books.

He said teach­ers’ cot­tages that were ac­com­mo­dat­ing three fam­i­lies were also de­stroyed dur­ing te storm.

Mr Ncube said com­mu­nity mem­bers and the school de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee had re­solved dur­ing a meet­ing that par­ents could not be levied to­wards re­pairs of the school as some of them had been af­fected at their home­steads.

“We are ap­peal­ing to well wish­ers to help us. Pupils are crowded in the two class­rooms and they are not learn­ing prop­erly be­cause most of the space is cov­ered with fur­ni­ture.

“Some of the pupils are learn­ing from out­side which isn’t ap­pro­pri­ate for learn­ers,” he said.

The coun­cil­lor of the area, Mr Nkosi­lathi Khahlu said an el­derly vil­lager from Dukwe Vil­lage suf­fered a frac­tured leg while a ju­ve­nile suf­fered a bro­ken arm and head in­juries when the hail­storm de­stroyed their home­steads. He said he had iden­ti­fied 10 home­steads so far. Mr Khahlu said some vil­lagers lost house­hold prop­erty. He ap­pealed to var­i­ous stake­hold­ers to as­sist vil­lagers who had been left stranded by the dis­as­ter.

He said vil­lagers were in need of sleep­ing space, food and cloth­ing. — @DubeMatutu

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