Gweru Heavy Rains leaves Mother of 5 Without A Place To Stay:
In a very sad update from Gweru, a 28-year-old pregnant and mother of five was left homeless after the current heavy rains which ripped her off everything that she had which included, clothes, blankets and food.
The victim who is named Tecla Majangara lost all her property, clothes and food. She walked out of the two-roomed house she was renting with only her children.
Tecla and her children have no clothes since the day their belongings were destroyed, they have been wearing the same clothes they left the house in.
Gweru City Council established a temporary shelter for Majangara and nine other women at Mtapa Hall. The families are packed in a corner of the hall. The women are staying there with their 16 children and 10 men.
The victims are living from handouts from NGOs.
The situation is bad for Majangara. She is a young mother with five children, she is pregnant but her live-in boyfriend who is the breadwinner is rarely present. The boyfriend whom she has one child with (the other children have different fathers) became elusive after their property was destroyed by the rains.
“There were heavy rains from 9 am on Monday and this went on for the whole day. At 4pm we heard a big bang, l think that is when the bridge which connects Gweru and Lower Gweru collapsed and water overflowed into our homes.
“Suddenly the water level outside the house was up to my waist. I helped the kids out and went to a high ground and everything was left in the house.
“I have never seen anything like that. Water gushed into the house through any slight openings in the walls. It was terrifying (mvura yaiita kusinira kumadziro eimba sezvoita minyatso yemombe ichibuda mukaka),” said Majangara.
“The affected families were evacuated by council vehicles at 8pm the same day.
“Life at Mtapa is difficult with the children. The future holds no hope for me as I have lost all my property. My husband who is a gold panner shows no more interest in me. I have a one-year-old kid and I mistakenly got pregnant,” said Majangara.
Those who can help Majangara can contact her at Mtapa Hall.
Ward 8 councillor Godfree Giwa said that a lot of assistance is required.” These people require a lot of help,” said Giwa.
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