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Tsholotsho in flood awareness drive

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TSHOLOTSHO district, which is prone to deadly flash-floods during the rainy season, has re-activated its civil protection committee, which is presently holding flood awareness campaigns in various villages.

Nqobile Bhebhe
Chief Reporter

District administrator Nosizi Dube, who chairs the local civil protection unit, yesterday said since the onset of the rainy season, they had not received any reports of flooding or damage caused by rainfall.

“We have activated the civil protection committee in the district and awareness campaigns are being done in all villages,” she said.

“Villagers are told to report any abnormal water rise to their respective local leadership.

“Since the onset of the rains no reports have been made save for cattle being struck by lightning in Ntulula area under Chief Mathuphula.”

Several parts of Tsholotsho, particularly along the Gwayi River, were flooded last year, leaving scores of families homeless.

Villagers in affected areas went for months without assistance from the government.

At one point, Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo said he had not received any correspondence from Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs minister Cain Mathema (pictured) notifying him of the damage caused by the floods.

The government, donor agencies, embassies, companies and individuals pooled resources to assist Tsholotsho and Masvingo flood victims, after the government declared the Tokwe-Mukosi Dam-induced floods a national disaster.

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