Two Bodies Retrieved After Being Swept Away By A Flooded River
Two bodies of the six people who were swept away on Sunday while crossing a flooded Gweru River in the Midlands Province, were yesterday retrieved from the vehicle.
According to the Herald, on Sunday morning at around 6 AM, a Toyota Hilux Double cab that had six passengers on board including the driver was swept away by a flooded Gweru River in Matobo near Ascot suburb.
Among the passengers were four males and two females. It is not yet clear who among the six have been rescued since the victims have not yet been identified.
The retrieval of the bodies in Gweru followed combined efforts involving the Gweru District Civil Protection Unit, the police Sub-Aqua Unit and other private players.
Midlands provincial spokesperson for ZRP, Inspector Emanuel Mahoko confirmed that in the ongoing rescue operation being conducted in the Gweru River, two bodies have so far been recovered.
I can confirm that we received news that a vehicle was swept away yesterday. Rescue operations are currently being carried out and we have so far managed to retrieve two bodies, he said
Inspector Mahoko also warned members of the public to exercise extreme caution when approaching flooded rivers
I would like to appeal to the public to exercise extreme caution and not try to attempt to cross flooded rivers as this could result in loss of lives, he said.
Yesterday rescue operations were hampered by the ever-rising water levels of Gweru River that made it difficult for the fire brigade to conduct a safe search and rescue mission.
Gweru City Council Mayor Councillor Josiah Makombe yesterday said the city council’s Fire department could not handle the flooded river and that the ZRP sub-aqua unit will be best suited for the job.
It’s a very sad situation. Our rescue team from the Fire department was here but the water is just too much and it was agreed that police sub-aqua unit be called, he said.