Gokwe Storms Claims 80-year-old Granny’s life:
Strong winds which occurred in Gokwe North claimed the life of an 80-year-old granny. The winds destroyed her house and left about 100 people homeless.
According to the Chronicle, the granny who was ferried and admitted to Gokwe district hospital. She later died from injuries that she sustained after the house collapsed on her last week Friday.
The storm-ravaged schools and clinics.
Gokwe North District Development Coordinator (DDC) Mr Martin Musakanda who also chairs the district civil protection unit (CPU) said the incident follows heavy rains that have been pounding the country in recent days.
“The storm accompanied by strong winds destroyed infrastructure across the district. We have a granny who passed on after a house fell on her. A 15-year-old girl who was also injured when the house she was in collapsed, is recovering well at the hospital,” said Mr Musakanda.
He also mentioned that six schools had their roofs blown off by the strong winds.
“Tafara, Zvanaka, Tenda, Mutakayi, Chiwodza, Budiriro and Vhumba primary schools as well as Gumunyu High School, had roofs of their classrooms blown off,” he said.
Mr Musakanda said more than 100 people were left homeless after their homes were destroyed by the violent storm.
He said the value of the property destroyed is estimated to be US$514 000.
“We have since sent a report to the national CPU and we are waiting for their response,” he said.
Mr Musakanda said his committee was mobilising resources to put up temporary shelters as well as provide food to affected families as it awaits further instructions from Government.
“We have mobilised tents and will use some classrooms to accommodate some of the affected people.
“We have since engaged development partners who are willing to come on board to assist us,” said Mr Musakanda.
Gokwe is flood-prone and Mr Musakanda said his committee was on alert.