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, Takemore Mazuruse, told NewsDay yesterday that 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.
“The floods in Muzarabani are subsiding and we are hoping the trend goes on like that in all other areas,” Pawadyira said.
“The people who were marooned by the floods have since been rescued. I don’t have the figure at hand, but yesterday there were about seven people.”
He said his team was yesterday afternoon still trying to rescue other people in Mbire area.
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