Govt mobilizing funds to repair storm damaged classrooms
Harare (New Ziana)- The government is raising funds to repair at least 22 schools which had their roofs blown off by winds that have accompanied rains in some parts of the country from last October, an official has said.
The schools, both primary and secondary, are dotted across the country though provinces like Manicaland, Matabeleland South and Mashonaland Central are the hardest hit with infrastructure ranging from classrooms, ablution facilities and teachers’ houses being the most affected.
Civil Protection Department deputy director for response and operations Farai Hokonya told New Ziana that the rainfall season had not been kind to the country’s schools.
“The rainfall season has not been easy on some of our schools. So far, we have about 22 schools combining both primary and secondary schools that have faced a number of challenges owing to adverse weather conditions.
“The major challenges are the roofs blown off due to heavy winds that accompanied rains. Besides classrooms, some teachers’ houses also had roofs blown off. And that also goes for the toilets,” he said.
He said the government was also mobilising tents for use as temporary classrooms.
Hokonya said at least eight people had also drowned so far during the ongoing rain season.
“We still have people crossing flooded rivers and unfortunately we continue to record loss of life because of such behaviour. As of today (Tuesday), our death toll is now at eight,” he said.
Zimbabwe loses many lives during the rainy season from drowning, flooding, lightning as well as accidents due to slippery roads and poor visibility.