Hail­storm leaves 19 fam­i­lies home­less

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Wal­ter Mswazie

AT least 19 fam­i­lies in Chiredzi South were left home­less af­ter a heavy hail­storm de­stroyed their home­steads dur­ing the Easter Hol­i­day.

Act­ing Chiredzi Dis­trict Ad­min­is­tra­tor who is also the Civil Pro­tec­tion Unit (CPU) dis­trict chair­per­son Mr Ndeya Nyede said Gov­ern­ment is yet to as­sess the mag­ni­tude of the de­struc­tion to as­cer­tain the na­ture of as­sis­tance needed.

“I can con­firm there are fam­i­lies who were left home­less in Ma­sukwe area, Head­man Gezani un­der Chief Sengwe af­ter a hail­storm hit the area over Easter. The hail­storm hit the vil­lages on Satur­day. We asked po­lice at Chikombedzi Po­lice Camp to in­ves­ti­gate. They said 19 home­steads were de­stroyed . How­ever, the fig­ure could be higher be­cause po­lice had chal­lenges in ac­cess­ing other vil­lages as the area is mountainous,” said Mr Nyede.

He said the vil­lages are too far from the main road and his com­mit­tee needed at least two days to as­sess the mag­ni­tude of the dam­age.

“We’ve ap­proached Plan In­ter­na­tional Zim­babwe here in Chiredzi so that they can also as­sist us.

“I be­lieve they are mak­ing their own as­sess­ment to­day but as the Dis­trict CPU, we are go­ing there to­mor­row (to­day). We have also no­ti­fied our Provin­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mr Fun­gai Mbetsa and Masvingo Min­is­ter of State for Provin­cial Af­fairs Shu­vai Ma­hofa of the dis­as­ter,” he said

Mean­while, Masvingo Zanu-PF sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion Cde Ailes Baloyi said there could be more fam­i­lies af­fected by the hail­storm in Ma­sukwe area and Vil­lage 2.

“Po­lice only reached the home­steads which are eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble in Ma­sukwe area. The lo­cal lead­er­ship is as­sist­ing the af­fected fam­i­lies with ac­com­mo­da­tion while oth­ers are stay­ing with rel­a­tives,” said Cde Baloyi from Chiredzi South.

The de­struc­tion comes in the wake of Cy­clone Di­neo which af­fected some ar­eas in Masvingo like Chivi and Mwenezi in Fe­bru­ary where sev­eral vil­lagers’ home­steads were ma­rooned and de­stroyed by floods af­ter burst­ing of Shashe River. The river flooded fol­low­ing the spilling of Muzhwi Dam up­stream.

At Lundi High School in Mwenezi more than 700 girls to­gether with other 23 work­ers in­clud­ing a pas­tor at the school had to be res­cued by sol­diers from the Zim­babwe Na­tional Army as they were ma­rooned at the height of rag­ing floods from the nearby Runde River.— @wal­terbm­swazie3

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