Zim braces for storms, floods

HARARE - Zimbabwe is bracing for heavy storms and floods, following the deluge of  rain which lashed Mt Darwin and destroyed more than 100 homes there on Thursday, after similar heavy downpours hit Beitbridge.

This comes as South Africa is counting the cost of flash floods which  ravaged Durban this week, killing at least 11 people and destroying key infrastructure, including roads, as well as thousands of homes.

It also follows warnings by the Meteorological Services Department (MSD)  that there were likely to be more heavy rains and hailstorms in  Mashonaland Central in the coming days.

Mashonaland Central provincial administrator, Cosmas Chiringa, confirmed  to the Daily News yesterday that heavy rains had wreaked havoc in Mt  Darwin.

“We received reports that 110 houses were destroyed around 3pm yesterday (Thursday) when strong winds and heavy rains hit the Kaitano area in Mt Darwin District.

“Of the houses which were damaged, 25 were completely razed to the  ground, while 85 had their roofs blown off — leaving several families in  the open. We are grateful that no fatalities were recorded,” he said.

Chiringa said the Civil Protection Unit (CPU) and the ministry of Local Government had been contacted for assistance.

“Our teams are currently on the ground assessing the extent of the damage, and I am expecting a report today (yesterday).

“We have also sent an appeal to international aid organisations such as  the International Organisation for Migration, the Red Cross and others  to act immediately and to provide tents and plastic sheets to  temporarily shelter the affected people while we work on permanent solutions,” he said.

Local Government permanent secretary, George Mlilo, said the government had since dispatched the CPU to the area.

“The CPU is already on the ground assessing the situation, and will soon  give us a report on what is needed to be done,” he said.

In Beitbridge, two schools and 17 houses were destroyed by the  torrential storms, and the area was facing prospects of floods as water levels in the Limpopo and Shashe rivers were continuing to rise.

At the beginning of the year, flash floods also left a trail of  destruction in the Matabeleland region after violent Cyclone Dineo  storms swept through southern Zimbabwe.

Those storms, which killed seven people and left about 130 000 more  destitute in neighbouring Mozambique, brought with them a deluge of  rainfall and devastating flash floods in the three regions of  Matabeleland, Manicaland and Masvingo.

Hailstorms in particular accounted for heavy infrastructure damage  during the previous rain season, including washing away homes, bridges  and roads.

Meanwhile, the poorly-resourced CPU has often come under heavy criticism  for failing to respond to such disasters timeously and adequately.

The government also reported that at least 246 people were killed, while  over 2 000 were left homeless during the course of the last rainy  season.

In 2000, Manicaland experienced its worst floods in living memory when  Cyclone Eline left a trail of destruction, including killing more than  136 people and damaging 59 184 houses and huts.

Comments (5)

So the Local Govt waits for CPU (after rains and damage) THEN gets a report on what to do? What kind of stupidity is this? Other countries work with the Met Office BEFORE damage to PREPARE for what is minimally required on the ground. Tiri madofo shuwa!! Zanu (RF) style!!

Sagitarr - 16 October 2017

Sagittar inga in USA they are being killed by the Hurricane Nate with Trump and his political party watching, so they are also dafts.

ivhukuvanhu chete chete - 20 October 2017

Sagittar inga in USA they are being killed by the Hurricane Nate with Trump and his political party watching, so they are also dafts.?

ivhukuvanhu chete chete - 20 October 2017

Sagittar inga in USA they are being killed by the Hurricane Nate with Trump and his political party watching, so they are also dafts.?

ivhukuvanhu chete chete - 20 October 2017

Sagittar inga in USA they are being killed by the Hurricane Nate with Trump and his political party watching, so they are also dafts.?

ivhukuvanhu chete chete - 20 October 2017

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