A 20-minute freak storm wreaked havoc in Shurungwi destroying more than 20 homesteads, shops, a school, and injuring at least nine people.
According to The Chronicle, last week Wednesday a violent storm descended on Chironde Village under Chief Nhema destroying homesteads, a school, a clinic, shops and injuring nine people.
Among the injured are six school children who were hit by falling debris when their classroom roof was blown away. Two women and a child were also injured when their house collapsed during the 20-minute storm.
The injured were taken to Shurungwi District Hospital for treatment and eight have since been discharged.
Member of Parliament for Shurugwi North constituency Hon. Robson Nyathi told The Chronicle that the scale of destruction was devastating and that the villagers need urgent assistance.
There was a hailstorm accompanied by strong winds that destroyed people’s homes, Chironde Clinic, and Chironde Secondary school and shops on Wednesday afternoon. I have been going around the village to access the trail of destruction and I must say it is massive. We need a lot of resources to assist the affected families.
When I visited Shurugwi District Hospital yesterday, there was only one woman still admitted. All the others had minor injuries and had therefore been discharged, he said.
Chief Nhema appealed to the government for assistance saying the affected villagers were now homeless and did not have any food.
The hailstorm left a trail of destruction and we are appealing to Government to assist the affected villagers to rebuild their destroyed homes, he said.
The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) last week said the country will experience heavy storms, localized heavy downpours, strong winds, and lightning.