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Jan 5, 2015

04:18:20 GMT--Flood - Africa - Zimbabwe

EDIS Number: FL-20150105-46546-ZWE

Date / time: 05/01/2015 04:09:56 [UTC]

Event: Flood

Area: Africa

Country: Zimbabwe

State/County: Province of Masvingo

Location: [Mbire District]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Moderate


Low-lying areas of the country have been hit by flooding with more than 200 families being displaced while 52 houses and a secondary school were destroyed in Mashonaland Central. One person was reported killed while another was missing after being swept away by flooded rivers as rains continue to pound the country.This brings the number of people who have died so far due to the floods to 10.Eight family members died on Saturday when the car they were travelling in was swept away while crossing a flooded Ngwazani River near Kadoma.Their bodies were found yesterday trapped inside a Honda CRV in the river. In Mashonaland Central province two people were marooned with 52 houses and a secondary school destroyed by the floods."In Mbire district, 37 houses collapsed including Makuwatsine Secondary School buildings. At least 15 houses were flooded in Mukumbira, Mt Darwin while 200 families were displaced and had to be housed at Kanongo Primary School," Mashonaland Central provincial administrator Mr Josphat Jaji said.Mr Jaji said a woman had been swept away while trying to cross Bwazi-Munozi River in Mbire, where two other people are currently marooned with her fate still not known.He said the situation was getting worse in the three districts as the rains continued to pound.Four boreholes have been contaminated in Muzarabani, Mbire and Mt Darwin.The Meteorological Services Department has warned that the rains will continue throughout the country.In Hopley, Harare South constituency, several houses collapsed while a six-year-old child died after she was crashed by a wall that fell when a house in which she was collapsed.National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi yesterday confirmed the death of the minor."Police have attended to a report were a six-year-old minor died on January 2 when a wall collapsed on her following incessant rains. No report has been made concerning 11 other people said to have also died in the area," he said.Harare South House of Assembly member Cde Shadreck Mashayamombe had told mourners gathered at the burial of the child that 11 people had died in his constituency.Mr Jaji said they had conducted a provincial Civil Protection Committee meeting where they reviewed reports on the situation in Mbire, Mt Darwin and Muzarabani districts."Nyambudzi Clinic has been affected by the rains and people are receiving treatment at a nearby primary school while villagers in the Chikafa area and a police base have been moved to higher ground.Mr Jaji said efforts to reach the affected areas were being hampered by the roads which have become impassible.

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