Zvamabonde District Hospital in Shurugwi south is in limbo after thieves stole components on the refrigeration system at the mortuary, shutting down the hospital for more than six months now.

For now, relatives of deceased people at the hospital that serves more than 10 000 people, are asked to collect the bodies of their relatives immediately because there is nowhere to keep them.

Those that cannot afford private parlours are advised to use traditional methods of preserving corpses, such as putting it on wet sand at home.

The mortuary is just one of the several infrastructures that have either been vandalised or fallen victim to the ravages of weather.

The constituency development team visited the hospital to assess the damage done to the mortuary facility and coincidentally, a nasty surprise in the form of a snake welcomed them.

The community is appealing to the government and well wishers to support them rehabilitate schools, dams and bridges in need of urgent attention following violent winds and rains that hit the area two years ago.

Shurugwi South legislator, Cde Edmond Mkaratigwa said he will be lobbying relevant ministry departments and also canvass for support from well-wishers to assist within the rehabilitation programmes.

The community is also pinning its hopes on getting the constituency development fund early to fund some of the rehabilitation programmes.