Monday, January 5, 2015

Floods kill 10 and leave hundreds homeless in Zimbabwe

Walter Nyamukondiwa and Nyemudzai Kakore in via the Herald (Zimbabwe): Low-lying areas of the country have been hit by flooding with more than 200 families being displaced while 52 houses and a secondary school were destroyed in Mashonaland Central. One person was reported killed while another was missing after being swept away by flooded rivers as rains continue to pound the country.

This brings the number of people who have died so far due to the floods to 10. Eight family members died on Saturday when the car they were travelling in was swept away while crossing a flooded Ngwazani River near Kadoma. Their bodies were found yesterday trapped inside a Honda CRV in the river. In Mashonaland Central province two people were marooned with 52 houses and a secondary school destroyed by the floods.

"In Mbire district, 37 houses collapsed including Makuwatsine Secondary School buildings. At least 15 houses were flooded in Mukumbira, Mt Darwin while 200 families were displaced and had to be housed at Kanongo Primary School," Mashonaland Central provincial administrator Mr Josphat Jaji said.

Mr Jaji said a woman had been swept away while trying to cross Bwazi-Munozi River in Mbire, where two other people are currently marooned with her fate still not known....

Locator map of Zimbabwe by Vardion, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons 3.0 Unported license

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