A total of eight people are said to have drowned while trying to cross flooded rivers in Chiredzi District, Masvingo.
The number was confirmed by Chiredzi District Development Coordinator, Mr. Lovemore Chisema who warned members of the public against attempting at flooded rivers.
Chisema who is also the chairperson of the District’s Civil Protection Department said more than 20 houses have been destroyed due to floods. He said:
We are imploring citizens to be cautious and exercise patience by avoiding crossing flooded rivers.
Many of our rivers are currently flooded and the most affected area is Chiredzi South where all economic activities have been cut down as they cannot cross Runde River to access Chiredzi town.
At the same time, here we are having challenges to ensure service delivery because the area is not accessible.
The number of people who have drowned countrywide this rain season has worryingly continued to rise.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police recently indicated that drowning cases countrywide were at 483 cases in 2020 compared to 411 cases in 2019.
The police added that of the 483 cases recorded in the year 2020, 26 cases were recorded in Harare, 7 in Bulawayo, 54 in Midlands, 55 in Manicaland, 55 in Masvingo, 30 in Mat North, 31 in Mat South, 58 in Mash East, 70 in Mash Central and 97 in Mash West.
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