Rain­storm kills 2, leaves over 100 home­less

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Masvingo & South-West News - Tawanda Man­goma in CHIREDZI

TWO chil­dren were killed, while more than 100 fam­i­lies were left home­less in Masvingo Prov­ince on Tues­day af­ter a rain­storm left a trail of de­struc­tion and dam­aged prop­erty worth thou­sands of dol­lars.

One of the de­ceased, a seven-year-old Chiredzi boy was killed af­ter the roof of a house he was shel­ter­ing in col­lapsed on him.

In Masvingo Dis­trict, a Grade Four pupil at Tok­wane-Ngundu Pri­mary School died af­ter be­ing hit by pieces of roof­ing ma­te­rial that had been blown-off one of the class­rooms dur­ing the storm.

Masvingo dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tor Mr Roy Hove, who is also chair­man of the Dis­trict Civil Pro­tec­tion Unit, said five peo­ple from Tok­wane-Ngundu were hos­pi­talised at Chiredzi Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal af­ter their houses col­lapsed and in­jured them dur­ing the rain­storm.

“The sit­u­a­tion is very bad in Masvingo Dis­trict where three class­room blocks at Tok­wane-Ngundu Pri­mary School and an­other class­room block at Mako­tore Sec­ondary School had their roofs blown off dur­ing the heavy rain­storm,” he said.

“At Tok­wane-Ngundu Pri­mary, a Grade Four pupil un­for­tu­nately died af­ter be­ing hit by fly­ing pieces of roof­ing ma­te­rial that had been blown off from one of the class­room blocks at the school.

Five vil­lagers from the Tok­wane-Ngundu area are re­cu­per­at­ing in hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing in­jured fol­low­ing the col­lapse of their houses dur­ing the storm, their con­di­tion is sta­ble,” said Mr Hove.

He said quan­tifi­ca­tion of the ac­tual mag­ni­tude of dam­age caused by the rain­storm was un­der­way.

In Chiredzi, dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tor Mr Love­more Chisema said the rain­storm had caused the death of a boy in Ward 16, while houses at more than 50 house­holds were dev­as­tated by the storm.

“We are sad­dened by the loss of young life af­ter a boy from Ward 16 in Chiredzi North died when the roof of a house he had sought shel­ter in col­lapsed and trapped him af­ter the rain­storm started,” he said.

“So far the rain­storm has af­fected more than 50 house­holds where houses, prop­erty and food stocks were dam­aged.

“The heavy rain­storm also up­rooted trees along the Ngundu-Tan­ganda High­way and we are ap­peal­ing to mo­torists to ex­er­cise cau­tion when us­ing the road,” said Mr Chisema.

The rain­storm also left a trail of dam­age in Mwenezi, where dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tor Ms Rose­mary Chingwe said 45 house­holds were af­fected.

“More than 35 fam­i­lies were left in the open af­ter their houses were rav­aged by the storm, but we are still as­sess­ing to es­tab­lish the ex­act scale of dam­age and the num­ber of peo­ple af­fected,” she said.

Ms Chingwe ap­pealed for tents to pro­vide tem­po­rary shel­ter for home­less vic­tims of the storm to­gether with food and clothes from de­vel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions and well-wish­ers.

Zaka dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tor Mr Ndeya Nyede said while the rain­storm was yet to cause hu­man ca­su­al­ties in his area, he urged vil­lagers in his area to ex­er­cise ex­treme cau­tion.

“So far, we have only re­ceived cases of houses that had roofs blown off dur­ing the storm in some ar­eas, while in some cases some houses were ac­tu­ally de­stroyed, though in­ves­ti­ga­tions so far show that most of the dam­aged struc­tures might have been poorly con­structed,” said Mr Nyede.

The Zaka DA warned vil­lagers against try­ing to cross flooded rivers as they risked be­ing swept away.

Most parts of Masvingo have been re­ceiv­ing rains over the past few days, with cases of ex­treme rain and hail­storm re­ported in some ar­eas, where wide­spread dam­age has been caused.

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