TRIANGLE-BASED sugar-producing company Tongaat Hullets has placed its 241 workers living in the flood-prone Zororo village on high alert following incessant rains that have pounded the area over the past weeks.
A six-member Civil Protection Unit (CPU) team yesterday visited the families to assess if they were safe. The team comprised of Chiredzi District CPU chairperson Clara Muzenda, Masvingo police chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Martha Mafolo, 4 Brigade’s Brigadier-General Chancellor Diye and Tongaat Hullets corporate affairs manager Adelaide Chikunguru.
It also has human resources manager Fred Nyangwe and Chiredzi police boss Chief Superintendent Engelbert Wilson.
The compound is located about 10 metres from the flood-prone Checheche stream.
Nyangwe told the visiting team that his company raised the alarm on Monday after the stream became flooded.
He said an all-round human surveillance security team as well as electronic alarm systems that will alert people when disaster is about to strike was introduced.
“The company has put in place a mechanism that will assure that people’s lives are not in danger,” he said.
“We have put in place alarm systems that will help to alert people.
“We have established a command centre where immediate and necessary rescuing of people shall be done.”
He said the company had also erected a tent where a rescue team would be stationed to respond to any disaster calls.
Last year, the compound experienced a disastrous incident where flash floods destroyed property in all the houses in the compound.
“We are mobilising resources to permanently remove these people from here to another place, but this cannot be done overnight,” Nyangwe said.