Sunday, February 9, 2014

Heavy rains leave a trail of destruction in Zimbabwe

Tichaona Sibanda in via SW Radio Africa (London): Torrential rains and widespread flooding in Masvingo province have washed away roads and bridges and sent residents scurrying to safety.

The government was forced to send in soldiers and helicopters to help people stranded by the water. Thousands of families downstream of the Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam wall, that partially collapsed due to the heavy rain, were relocated to higher ground.

Some houses in the province have also been washed away, while a number of people have been injured and a huge percentage of crops in many of the districts have been damaged.

Dr Takavafira Zhou, the President of the Progressive teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ), took to Facebook on Tuesday to describe the trail of destruction in his area.

'The incessant rains that pounded Mberengwa for the past weeks have heaped burning coals upon the heads of many people and greatly affected teaching and learning. The rudimentary dust roads are fast becoming rivers while the low lying bridges have been eroded.'...

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