100 students left stranded as hailstorm destroys classrooms, hostels and admin block at school

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Dadaya High School ravaged by devastating hailstorm

In a destructive event last Thursday, a severe hailstorm accompanied by strong winds wreaked havoc on Dadaya High School in Zvishavane. The calamity resulted in the destruction of two classroom blocks, two hostels, and an administration block, leaving more than 100 students stranded.

Thankfully, there were no reported injuries among the students. However, the roofs of classrooms and hostels were blown off by the powerful winds, causing significant damage. Additionally, large trees in the school’s vicinity were uprooted, further exacerbating the destruction.

Mr Gevas Churume, the Headmaster of Dadaya High School, expressed relief that no students were harmed during the incident. He acknowledged the extent of the destruction, with classroom roofs and student housing severely affected.

“Although we had no injuries caused to the students, the storm blew away classroom roofs and houses that were sheltering students. Huge trees were also uprooted in the vicinity of the school,” he said.

Zvishavane District Development Coordinator, Mr Darlington Chokera, shared his condolences for the school’s unfortunate plight and confirmed that the Civil Protection Unit (CPU) team was on-site, assessing the damage. Efforts are underway to determine the best ways to support the school during this challenging time.

“I received the sad news about Dadaya High, which was destroyed by a storm and our CPU team is on the ground to see how best we can assist the school. I am told that the storm destroyed classrooms and hostels,” he said.

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