Hailstorm Causes Damage In Masvingo!
At least 10 schools in Zaka district were severely damaged by a hailstorm that hit parts of Masvingo province last week.
Zaka District Schools Inspector, James Chidzurira said the affected schools have since compiled reports detailing the damage and their immediate needs.
“We urgently need to facilitate the reconstruction of some of the schools that were damaged by a hailstorm last week: said the official. “The worst affected institutions are Tsiga Secondary, Mudzara Primary, Magura Primary, Mutimwi Primary, and Mutsambwa.
“We are appealing for Government and other development partners to intervene, to avert this serious crisis faced by both communities and pupils”. According to Bikita’s District Development Coordinator, Bernard Hadzirabwi, who also chairs the Civil Protection Unit Committee, the hailstorm also affected more than loo families in the area.
He said most of the victims were now homeless as a result of the trail of destruction. The senior civil servant said the provision of tents for temporary shelter was now their top priority to mitigate the plight of the affected families.
“We have set up a disaster committee that will coordinate mobilization and extend assistance to the affected families,” said Hadzirambwi.
“Some of the victims were left with virtually nothing and they are in a dire situation. “In Wards 4 and 6, the magnitude of destruction left by the storm is too big.
Most of the homes had their roofs blown off while even schools also emerged worse off during the disaster. “We are yet to quantify the total damage caused by the storm”.
He said Government would assist the communities to rebuild their homes, but appealed to development partners and well-wishers to also take part in the rebuilding process.
Zaka Central Legislator, Davison Svuure said the high-est number of affected schools was in his constituency.
He said other key infrastructures such as power and telephone lines were also extensively damaged.
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