Civil protection warns of flash floods

HARARE - Five people died while more than 400 hundred families were evacuated between December and January, according to the department of civil protection.

According to information from the civil protection department, several homesteads were destroyed across the country due to heavy rains being experienced across the country.

The civil protection unit has also issued flood warnings, as heavy rains are set to continue.

“Indications are that heavy rain will occur and therefore the risk of flash flooding remains high,” reads the statement issued by civil protection.

“Already, the ground is soaked, so any run-off that occurs might potentially trigger flooding in vleis and poorly drained soils.”

In Matabeleland, 49 electricity poles fell due to heavy thunderstorms, resulting in supplies being disrupted at Binga Centre and Hospital. Water supplies were also affected.

In Masvingo province, the civil protection committee is conducting rescue missions for 400 families that needed to be evacuated but are appealing for assistance with food and basic needs.

“A further  4 000 families may also have to be evacuated as Tokwe Mukosi Dam is apparently rising rapidly and threatening communities downstream,” the catalogue says.

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