- Published on 05 January 2015
- Written by Newsday
As the nation experiences heavy rains in different parts of the country, flooded rivers have robbed families of their loved ones. My Zimbabwe News has received a video showing a haulage truck driver who could not afford to wait for hours before crossing a flooded river.
The unidentified driver proceeded with crossing the flooded river but because the road and the bridge had all been submerged in water, he died on the spot after the heavy vehicle failed to negotiate the flooded bridge and drove into the river before drowning completely as onlookers watch in horror. You can watch the video at the end of this article.
Meanwhile, over 10 people have lost their lives in different parts of the country after drowning in rivers flooded due to the incessant rains. The Civil Protection Unit (CPU) was yesterday battling to rescue scores of people marooned in the Mbire area of Mashonaland Central.
A spokesperson for the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) which has partnered the CPU in its rescue efforts, Mr Takemore Mazuruse, yesterday said the rains had claimed lives in Mashonaland West and Manicaland provinces.
"Following the incessant rains, floods have hit many parts of the country claiming 10 lives in Mashonaland West province and a six-year-old girl in Manicaland Province," he said.
Mazuruse said ZRCS was calling on well-wishers to donate food and other relief items for the victims. He said alerts from ZRCS provincial structures indicated varying rains induced emergencies with affected areas in dire need of humanitarian intervention in several parts of the country including Mbire, Mukumbura, Muzarabani and Zvimba where water levels were rising.
CPU director Madzudzo Pawadyira said some people who had been marooned in Muzarabani have since been rescued.
He said his team was yesterday afternoon still trying to rescue other people in Mbire area.
"A number of people are trapped and we are trying to rescue them. A school in Mbire was also affected by the floods, computers and some furniture had to be rescued by teachers and some students. In Mashumbi Pools, two people were trapped and our team was still having difficulty rescuing them, they are still trying to rescue them as we speak," he said.
Pawadyira said eight of the deceased people had their bodies recovered and taken to a mortuary in Selous in Mashonaland West, with Hurungwe and Lion's Den also having been engulfed by water.
He said the Harare Chirundu Highway had also been affected by the floods resulting in vehicles getting stranded for several hours.
"There was also problem on the highway to Chirundu as it had been breached by water, vehicles could not go through, but it has since subsided and the vehicles are now able to do so."