MUTARE- It was a double blow to two schools in Manicaland when strong winds and rain blew off a hostel’s roof at Mutambara Mission High school while also destroying property at Mutsamvu primary school in Chimanimani last Saturday.
Manicaland provincial education director, Edward Shumba confirmed the incident saying the storm had destroyed property worth over US$6 000, mainly asbestos roofing.
“It was an unfortunate incident which happened at the two schools in Chimanimani district. I am reliably informed that the property destroyed was mainly roofing material and some mattresses worth a total of $6780,” said Shumba.
There were no reports of injuries to students saying that those affected were evacuated from the damaged hostel and housed in sister hostels as rehabilitation processes have been put in motion.
“We are now in the process of mobilising funds to rehabilitate the schools’ infrastructure before further damage is caused as the rains are already upon us,” he said.
He added that he had also received reports that Mutsamvu primary school in Chimanimani had also been affected by the heavy winds but was yet to ascertain the magnitude of damage.
“I am still waiting on a comprehensive report from the Chimanimani district schools inspector but I can confirm that the school also had rooftops blown off on the same day,’ said Mr Shumba.
A parent at Mutambara Mission, Caroline Mushaya, said the situation at the school was quite disturbing considering the district is prone to storms.
“I am glad there were no casualties on the given day but it is unsettling to know that such storms may just occur and ravage the place,’ she said.