‘We Don’t Want To Leave!’ -Chimanimani Villagers
Cyclone Idai victims in Chimanimani have refused to budge even after the disaster left a trail of destruction and claimed human lives.
The affected villagers believe that this is a passing natural disaster that does not necessitate relocating to a different place.
Most of the villagers reside on mountain slopes and foothills and the area’s climate makes it very productive agriculture l.
Chipo Dhliwayo, who lost two children during Cyclone Idai, said they had lived at their homestead well before the country’s independence in Nyamusundu village near Biriiri Mission right on the mountain foot.
She said the destruction by Cyclone Idai is the least they expected given the time they have been at their homestead.
“The destruction by Cyclone Idai is the least we expected given the time we have been at our homestead since way back. I was married while my husband’s family was staying there.
“Their forefathers used to stay there but they have not experienced what we went through,” she said.
Solomon Sengedza (43) of Muusha village in Chimanimani, whose crops were swept away during the cyclone, said this is just a passing disaster.
“I think this is a natural disaster that can attack any other place as it did to us. Yes, we were badly affected because of the nature of the area that we stay because it is prone to mudslides but I think this is something that does not happen now and again.
“I lost everything in the fields. I had maize and groundnuts that were almost reaching the harvesting stage. It is sad that I no longer have anything and I do not know how I will survive in the next three or four months,” he said.
Marry Musona of Skyline area in Chimanimani said being moved is not really necessary but early warning systems and Government preparedness before disasters strike should be the priority.
“I think disasters are everywhere even though we all know that there are areas that are prone to disasters. In case of Chimanimani I think this is a disaster that has come and gone. What is of primary importance is that we have sound early warning systems and Government preparedness before disasters strike should be the priority,” she said.
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