More than 100 people are feared dead in Chimanimani following heavy rainfall coupled to heavy winds as Tropical Cyclone Idai entered Zimbabwe. According to a message that originated from the Member of Parliament for the are Joshua Sacco, there were mudslide and rising water level in the and around Chimanimani.
EMERGENCY ALERT !!!!!!
Cyclone Idai has hit Chimanimani District with Heavy rainfall and Violent winds. We have received approximately 600 mm of rain in the last 24 hours. The rain and heavy winds are ongoing and are predicted to continue for the next 3 days or so. Areas affected include Chimanimani Urban, Charleshood Farm, Machongwe, Vhimba and Kopa Growth Point. Thousands of people have been affected by the cyclone with more than 100 people feared dead. In ward 15 area a flash flood and mudslide has resulted in more than 30 houses being washed away. In the old location 5 houses have collapsed so far. The Haroni river in Ward 12 Charleshood has burst its banks and many villagers have been displaced. The Nyahode River at Kopa Business Centre has also burst its banks resulting in the flooding of Gata Police camp and surrounding homes. Major rivers like the Rusitu are in flood affecting villagers in the Vhimba area. Villagers at Manase in ward 13 have also had their houses washed away. Power has been disrupted and major bridges have been blocked by the flooded waters like Machongwe, Nhedziwa, Charleshood etc. The bridge at Pondo farm has been swept away. The situation is drastic and there is need for assistance in tents , food, blankets for the affected people. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
Please communicate with Hon Sacco Chimanimani East, on 0772 551564 / 0712 862283