10 marooned villagers in helicopter rescue

GUTU - Ten villagers in Gutu East district were airlifted by an Airforce of Zimbabwe helicopter after they spent over six hours marooned at a flooded Ruti Dam on Sunday.

The villagers from Chitsa and Gudza communal lands spent over six hours on top of trees.

They were picking fish falling from the flooded dam wall, as heavy rains continue to pound Masvingo Province.

Witnesses and police in Gutu, who were part of the rescue team together with Airforce officials, said the villagers nearly got swept away after a sudden surge in the dam level. 

“The 10 villagers had a torrid time after they suddenly saw that they had been surrounded by water and could not escape,” Masimba Gonese, who witnessed the incident, told the Daily News.

“They had to climb on top of trees and spent hours before they were rescued.”

Police from the district, who declined to be named because they are not authorised to speak to the press, said eight people came from Tafirenyika village in Chitsa while others were from Gudza village near Ruti Dam.

Their names could not be obtained.

Masvingo police spokesperson, Peter Zhanero referred all the questions to national spokesperson, Paul Nyathi, who could not be reached for a comment.

“That case is now with the national police spokesperson Nyathi and I can not give you details, you have to call him,” Zhanero said.

But witnesses said the villagers were marooned from around 10am and were only rescued by the Airforce of Zimbabwe rescue team around 4.30pm They said the villagers could have drowned if they had not climbed the trees around them as the water levels continued to rise.

Meanwhile, a couple in Chiredzi on Saturday spent the whole night on top of rocks after they were also marooned in Mungwezi River.

Jayson Mavuvu and his wife Esther Bhunu  were marooned while they were coming from their in-laws. 

They waited the whole night for the water to subside before they could walk away the following day around midday.

Comments (4)

For the first time since inception, the gukurahundi Military is involved in serving lives, rather than the usual gukurahundism of destroying everything along its way, including innocent lives. Now lets also hear about the government helping its citizens out of disasters or dangerous regions in foreign lands as is common with South Africa and western governments, especially America - that really would be a first of the gukurahundi establishment!!

PHUNYUKABEMPHETHE!!! - 4 February 2014

P/S just a correction - the above should read: "saving lives", not "serving lives"!!

PHUNYUKABEMPHETHE!!! - 4 February 2014

There is poor workmanship in our police force zvokwadi can you tell some simple issue like this need to be confirmed with national police Spokesperson . Dai zvanga zviri zvematongegwe enyika taiti chipurisa chaChihuri changosara madzakudzaku asi ngade kupa vamwe masimba . Kuti kwaita mafashamu emvura zvoda Charity Charamba . Pfutseki Chihuri

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 4 February 2014

They cannot have been surrounded by water they would have been standing in water

john Moyo - 4 February 2014

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