A violent storm that struck the Shashe community in Beitbridge, Matebeleland South Province this Thursday, injured 2 people and left a trail of destruction in its wake.
The storm damaged some houses, schools, churches and some structures at the business center were either leveled or had their roofs blown off.
Some of them so badly that they are temporarily uninhabitable.
Two people were injured during this storm. One of them was seriously injured due to falling branches while another suffered minor injuries as he tried to escape from his house which was affected by the strong winds.
House owners whose roofs had been blown off explained how it all happened.
“We heard a huge noise of wind that was accompanied by rain, it changed direction as it moved and in 3 minutes it was over and we were left counting losses. Houses had been destroyed and huge trees uprooted,” said Memory Dhliwayo.
Another house owner, Tichaona Moyo said it all happened fast but the damage was extensive.
“We have never seen such, it was at night but you could hear the fast movement of the wind and rain, it followed a small path but the damage was bad,” he said.
Apart from buildings, the solar panels at Shashe clinic, which benefits Shashe, Jalukanke and Laye communities, were also damaged, an issue that is set to affect the storage of medicines especially vaccines that need temperature control.
Learners at Shashe High school have also fallen victim to the strong wind as a classroom block had its roof blown away while some teachers’ houses were also affected.
Electricity pylons were also brought down, leaving the business centre and the school with no power, while some shops were also badly damaged.
Community members appealed to the Civil Protection Department to come in and assist rebuild the damaged infrastructure.
The Beitbridge District Administrator, Kelibone Ndou and his team have since gone to assess the situation on the ground.