flooding.jpgHwange District Civil Protection Unit has identified 6 households in Matetsi that will be permanently relocated to high-lying areas as it steps up efforts to reduce the risk of damage on property and lives due to flooding.

The Chairperson of Hwange District Civil Protection Unit, Mr. Mugove Hamadziripi, said the CPU has already gone on a fact finding mission where it was decided that the households be allocated new stands elsewhere as they get affected every year.

He said the CPU has come up with a Community Disaster Plan in which the community will be requested to provide input, adding that an intensive drive seeking to increase knowledge among villagers has been initiated.

“So far, we are happy with the progress made. Hwange Colliery has cleared the entire drainage system so that we don’t have floods as a result of poor drainage. We are also happy that the crops are in good condition and have not been affected yet.

“We will also be going on another fact finding mission in Musuna Fishing Resort and Liberation Mine in Gwayi Conservancy because those are also high risk areas,” said Mr. Hamadziripi.

The Provincial Education Director for Matebeleland North, Mrs. Boithalelo Mguni, said most of the schools in all the seven districts in the province have been affected, especially in Binga where less than 25% of the pupils are attending classes since the rivers are flooded.

She said Mathuphula Primary School in Tsholotsho has recorded 0% attendance due to floods and called on parents to monitor their children so that they do not cross flooded rivers.

“We are appealing for assistance from the government and Non Governmental Organisations to resuscitate dilapidated buildings as well as Satellite schools because these have no shelter and that makes the environment very unsuitable for learning especially during the rainy season and during the winter season,” she said.

Recently, 36 households in Hwange were affected by the floods following heavy rains that have been experienced in the district and other parts of the province.