A town in Zimbabwe, Hwange, was hit by flash floods on Monday and reports coming in are saying, more than 50 families were affected.
New Zimbabwe.com has reported that several tourism players and churches in Victoria Falls were making frantic efforts, mobilising resources to donate to victims of the floods who, by time of publishing, were still in temporary shelters in the coal mining town. Their homes were extensively destroyed by the torrential rains.
A thunderstorm that lasted the whole night, followed by heavy rains measuring about 139mm on Saturday, left a trail of destruction in Number 1, Cinderella and Empumalanga suburbs.
According to a preliminary report from the Civil Protection Unit that was quoted by Zimbabwe.com, twenty-five houses were affected in Number 1 suburb, 13 in Cinderella and eight in Empumalanga’s DRC section as victims lost all their household goods including foodstuffs, clothes, blankets and part of
The victims were evacuated to safer temporary shelters at two guest lodges in Lwendulu as well as Cinderella Hall where they are all swarmed without food and clothes.
Some also lost domestic livestock such as chickens and rabbits which they keep in their backyards as food supplement.
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s Enlightened Christian Gathering church’s Victoria Falls branch on Sunday, mobilised various kinds of goods which will be handed over on Monday to the victims.
“As ECG Victoria Falls branch and through our Shepherd Bushiri foundation, have raised some foodstuffs and goods that we are going to be handing to the victim of flash floods in Hwange on Monday morning,” said Pastor Phinias Sibanda.
Hwange Colliery spokesperson Rugare Dobhie said workmen had started clearing the drains to avert further flooding while help was being mobilised for the victims.
“As Hwange Colliery we are doing all we can to assist the affected families who were moved to guest houses and other safer areas within the concession area,” she said.
Meanwhile in South Africa, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s spokesperson, Ephraim Nyondo confirmed that the Prophet’s foundation is stepping in to help.
“When something like this happens, the Church is duty bound to extend a hand and help. It’s our mandate. About the program and all, please get hold of Shepherd Bushiri Foundation CEO, Mr Gwamba,” he said.
Mr Gwamba’s phone was not reachable by time of publishing.