1 Person Dies, 34 Families Rescued After Binga Floods

The Civil Protection Unit (CPU) said one person was killed while 34 families were rescued following floods that hit Matabeleland North’s Binga district recently.

The families were evacuated between Monday evening and Tuesday. CPU director Nathan Nkomo had this to say:

From the latest report that I got from the District Government Coordinator there is one fatality, an old man who got swept away. That is the only fatality I know of. But as of now, those who were marooned have since been rescued.

Initially when they (team on the ground) did their rapid assessment, they had estimated the figure to be 100 but when he spoke to me, he told me that the exact number is 34.

That is the number of affected families. But we still think it might be 100 because they have not done a thorough assessment.

Nkomo revealed that unfriendly weather forced two Air Force of Zimbabwe helicopters that were sent to the ground to abort their mission. The helicopters had to be temporarily grounded in Gokwe North.

In January this year, flash floods hit Hwange town, also in Mat North province, destroying property worth thousands of dollars.

More: Chronicle

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