Floods destroy homes in Tsholotsho


CIVIL Protection Unit (CPU) teams in Tsholotsho district in Matabeleland North are out in full force to assess damage caused by heavy rains that hit Ward 8 and parts of Sikatshawa.


Tsholotsho district administrator Nosizi Dube, who chairs the local CPU, said teams had been deployed to the affected areas to assess the damage.

“At the moment I can say the situation is under control. Yes, we heard there are some areas which were affected and our teams are out assessing the damage,” she said.

“I am unable to tell you how much damage there is now; you can call me tomorrow that is when I will be able to tell you when the teams are back.”

However, some people from Tsholotsho said some huts were destroyed in the Dlamini village.

A villager Davy Ndlovu told Southern Eye that the heavy rains pounded the district on Monday morning falling non-stop from about 1am to 7:20am leaving most huts flooded.

Ndlovu said the Coaster kombi he travelled in from Tsholotsho to Bulawayo on Monday morning could not move on the flooded and muddy road.

“The kombi was stuck for about two hours because of the floods which destroyed people’s huts and property,” he said.

Tsholotsho North MP Roselene Nkomo yesterday said areas in her constituency that were affected included Gariya, Karani and Butabubili in Ward 8 where some huts were destroyed.

“I was talking to the Ward 8 councillor Elmon Ncube who said they had received the reports that Gariya, Karani and Butabubili villages were affected,” she said.

“Ncube said they were going to the affected areas to assess damage today (yesterday) and I will be meeting them tomorrow (today) to hear the impact of the damage.”

Nkomo also said Ward 5 councillor Charles Sibanda had told her that Mbuyana and Tamuhla, which are usually affected during heavy rains, did not suffer flooding this time around.

“He said there were good rains in the villages. There was no flooding like in other places, but still the councillor said they would go to assess the situation tomorrow (today),” she said.