Heavy storm leaves trail of de­struc­tion

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Emmah Chinya­mu­tan­gira and Tendai Guku­tikwa Post Re­porters

POW­ER­FUL hail­storm and heavy winds swept across Magamba Train­ing Cen­tre on Mon­day caus­ing a trail of de­struc­tion that saw prop­erty worth $US21 000 be­ing de­stroyed.

The hail­storm also rav­aged to­bacco crops worth over $US6 000 and rup­tured roofs at three boys’ hos­tels, ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fices and to­bacco barns.

The cen­tre’s ac­coun­tant Mr Amos Kazam­bara, said the hail­storm af­fected more than 100 stu­dents whose hos­tels and class­room roofs were blown off.

“More than 100 stu­dents were left in the open af­ter their three hos­tels were rav­aged by the hail­storm. We are still as­sess­ing to es­tab­lish the ex­act level of dam­age. We are sad­dened by the loss of prop­erty. For­tu­nately no one was in­jured dur­ing the process,” he said.

When The Man­ica Post vis­ited the scene on Wed­nes­day, it was noted that three work­shop build­ings as well as ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fices ceil­ings were de­stroyed.

“The sit­u­a­tion is very bad at the cam­pus where three ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fices are left with cracks, three work­shop build­ings which in­clude a weld­ing work­shop, build­ing work­shop, two class­rooms and hos­tels had their roofs blown-off dur­ing the heavy hail­storm,” said Mr Kazam­bara.

About 120 as­bestos sheets were blown off from the build­ings’ rooftops.

Last Novem­ber, a hail­storm also rav­aged the green house and two class­rooms at the in­sti­tu­tion.

He in­di­cated that the hail­storm dam­aged two hec­tors of to­bacco crops val­ued at US$6 000 as well as the to­bacco barn roofs. It also up­rooted trees at the cam­pus as well as two elec­tric poles which fell re­sult­ing in power cut at the cam­pus.

“Quan­tifi­ca­tion of the ac­tual mag­ni­tude of dam­age caused by the hail­storm is un­der­way,” he added.

Mr Kazam­bara said while the rain­storm was yet to cause hu­man ca­su­al­ties in the area, stu­dents should ex­er­cise ex­treme cau­tion since the rain storms are likely to re­cur.

Magamba Train­ing Cen­tre of­fi­cials in­spect the to­bacco crop which was de­stroyed by hail­stones on Mon­day. IN­SET: One of the to­bacco barns whose roof was blown off.

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