A heavy hailstorm left a trail of destruction of building structures and property worth thousands of dollars at Gumede Primary School in Lupane.

Property worth thousands of dollars which include buildings, teaching material, furniture and students stationery were all destroyed.

The recent showers in Lupane turned violent, also affecting Mlamuli Secondary School and some homesteads, while lightning killed five donkeys and a cow.

The teachers’ cottages and a ZESA transmitter were also destroyed.

According to the headmaster, Mr Collen Mguni, they are now compiling reports to be presented to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and the Department of Civil Protection, while the value of the property destroyed is being worked out.

“Officials from the council and the ministry came to inspect the premises and ZESA has switched off power supplies because transformers were also affected. As a result, the council is assisting a lot in terms of rehabilitation since there are other donors who are willing to come in,” he said.

Chairperson of the School Development Committee (SDC), Mr Lucky Ndlovu said it is by the grace of God that pupils were not at school when the incident occurred and appealed for assistance so that the affected structures can be rehabilitated.

“We are appealing for help from well wishers so that we can rebuild the school. Our students are now running shot of classrooms and this will pose challenges since we are in the rainy season. Where will we accommodate our pupils,” he asked.

The students are now sharing the remaining classrooms as a temporary measure.