Storms wreaks havoc in Matshetsheni

By Nontobeko Sibanda

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A heavy storm left a trail of destruction in Matshetsheni area last week, after pounding
several homesteads and classroom blocks at Matshiya Primary School.
Councilor for the area which falls in Ward 1, Stanford Nkala, confirmed the incident.
"In Matshiya Village, Matshiya Primary School had two classroom blocks destroyed as roofs
and trusses were blown off whilst eight houses at homesteads were partly destroyed," said
Cllr Nkala.
The councillor said they had reported the incident to the District Civil Protection Unit and
also activated warning systems to the affected areas.
We have since reported the matter to the District Civil Protection Unit and we await
assistance. We have also moved around warning others of impending dangers because the
storms do not look to be ceasing soon.”
In Simbumbu Village, several homes were destroyed on Wednesday, leaving villagers
stranded for shelter.
One of the villagers, gogo Ndunda Madlela, was in grief as she lost all her household
property.
It was scary during the storm; the sound of wind and roof trusses was unbearable, we
thought we were going to die. I lost everything I had.
“I would, however, like to thank the Government for providing help during our time of need.
We are grateful that the Civil Protection Unit has come in to give us food and blankets" said
gogo Ndunda Madlela.
The District Development Co-ordinator, Thulani Moyo, said as the Civil Protection Unit,
they were on high alert and had mobilised food and tents for the affected villagers.
Meanwhile, an old man whose age was not given, was reportedly swept away by Mlenje
River in Mawaza, while Kafusi High School laboratory was struck by lightning.
The country is on high alert after receiving warnings of impending heavy storms from the
Meteorological Services Department.

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