The Meteorological Services Department says the moving off of Tropical Depression Dineo from across Zimbabwe does not mark the end of the rainy season as rains will continue although with slight decrease in the southern parts of the country.

The impact of what started as a cyclone, saw some areas such as Buffalo Range, Matopos and Plumtree receiving rains as much as 106mm, 100mm and 97 mm in 24 hours respectively.

Despite forecasts that it is now moving off, Tropical Depression Dineo continues to unravel in the Midlands and Matabeleland provinces where it trapped and marooned people, affected homesteads, road network and bridges as well as small to medium dams.

In an interview, Senior Meteorologist, Mr Tich Zinyemba said the interim situation report reveals that some areas are still under flood and several homesteads were badly damaged due to excessive rains.

He added that cumulative precipitation is expected to exceed 150mm for the western and central areas of the country hence the call for Zimbabweans to continue taking necessary measures in case of flooding and ensure that homes are safe.

In Matopo, Kezi, three homesteads were encircled by Tuli River and 21 people were trapped on Saturday last week.

The local headman mobilised the community and successfully rescued the families.

Meanwhile, the Department of Civil Protection has uplifted 130 people who had been marooned in the villages in Tsholotsho and the Air Force of Zimbabwe is still carrying out rescue operations to evacuate the remaining people.

Property and livestock worth thousands of dollars have been lost as the heavy rains continue in the low lying areas in Tsholotsho.

The victims that have been uplifted are being accommodated at Sipepa hospital and schools where a camp has been set up to provide to provide temporary shelter.

The Minister of Local Government, National Housing and Public Works, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere said the affected communities have requested to be permanently relocated and arrangements are being made to identify suitable land with less risk.

“We also have a difficult situation in Mberengwa but our Department of Civil Protection across the country is doing all that it can to rescue people. The crop situation, again we have lost. It is not just Tsholotsho, we also have Bulilima Mangwe,” he said.

The Department of Civil Protection is now working with the Department of Social Welfare to ensure that the affected people are assisted with more food, blankets and clothes among other goods.

School children from affected areas will be integrated in the local schools.

A team from the Ministry of Local Government, National Housing and Public Works will be visiting the affected areas soon to carry out an assessment of the damage in Tsholotsho.