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Floods destroy 35 Tsholotsho homes

More than 35 huts have been destroyed by floods in Tsholotsho following the rains that continue to be experienced in most parts of the country.

Matabeleland North Acting Provincial Administrator, Nosizi Dube said although the total number of affected families has not been established, there is concern that the rising water levels in the low areas of the province will worsen the situation.

She said other parts of the province that have been affected include Binga where 16 people were airlifted as well as Dete and Hwange where one person died while trying to cross Deka River.

Ms Dube said the Provincial Civil Protection Unit (CPU) is on high alert and ready to provide any form of assistance.

“We are aware of the situation as a province and our main concern is Tsholotsho where there is water as soon as one passes Nyamandlovu all the way to the district centre.

“In fact even people attending the service for the late VP Nkomo where stuck for several hours on their way back,” she said.

Meanwhile, the CPU says it is on high alert in case of emergencies caused by floods and has already managed to help communities that were affected by floods.

The incessant rains that have been pounding heavily across the country have seen most areas being badly affected by floods and properties worth thousands of dollars being destroyed.

In some low-lying areas such as Chikwalakwala, about 24 families lost all their belongings and are sheltered at a police camp.

CPU Deputy Director, Ms Sibusisiwe Ndlovu said their department is on high alert and have teams that are assisting communities with money and shelter.

“We have managed to assist all the families that were affected. We are giving them US$100 per family for food supplies.

Ms Ndlovu said although they are anticipating some more funds, the amount they have in their coffers is sufficient to cover all areas that are likely to be affected by floods.

Areas affected so far include Tsholotsho and Gokwe where some families were marooned before being rescued by the Air Force of Zimbabwe.

In Nyanga, bridges have been swept away leaving villagers stranded.