At least 846 flood victims are now at Sipepa Camp in Tsholotsho where they are being accommodated by the Department of Civil Protection and many more are still coming as the rescue operations are still underway.

The Department of Civil Protection had airlifted 303 people by Wednesday morning while the rest maneuvered their way to safer places on foot until they arrived at the camp.

Villagers from Sipepa and Mahlaba areas are still in a state of shock after missing death by a whisker when huts collapsed while they were inside.

While some preferred to lose their belongings to stay alive, there are men believed to be refusing to join others at camp as they are keeping an eye on their cattle.

Some realised that the rescue operations might take time and decided to risk walking on the waters to join others at Sipepa Camp.

In a telephone interview, Chairperson of the Department of Civil Protection in Matabeleland North Province, Ms Latiso Dlamini said they have engaged the Zimbabwe Republic Police to assist in screening the victims in accordance with the damage they suffered to avoid over crowding the camp.

She said those who suffered less damages will be assisted accordingly from their homes while those with more severe cases will remain at camp.

“The other challenge we are having is that there is no electricity but the authorities have promised us that they will switch on Tsholotsho centre today. However it may take a while for Sipepa to get power because some poles collapsed due to the heavy rains,” added Ms Dlamini.

Donations are still trickling in and a second command centre has been opened at Tsholotsho centre so that those who fail to proceed to Sipepa have the option of leaving their donations at the district centre.

Meanwhile, a team of cabinet ministers is expected to visit Sipepa this Friday to assess the situation at the camp.