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Windstorm wreaks havoc in Mutasa District

A windstorm hit Mutasa district on the night of 10 October 2019 affecting 90 households (approx. 450 individuals), 10 schools and a church, the most affected wards include 4, 7, 10, 14, 16, and 23.

According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the wind storm blew off roofs of houses and destroyed household property in the process. About 10 households were reported homeless, one minor was injured and a school child struck by lightening.

Giving a detailed situation report, IOM said the immediate needs of the affected households are tents and NFIs.

10 schools were affected in the district:

*At Five Streams Primary School where the storm occurred in the afternoon, a school child was struck and killed by lightening.

• St Augustine’s High school was most affected with roofs of seven dormitories blown away leaving 132 school boys without accommodation. Immediate needs for St Augustine’s school are blankets and mattresses for students and generator for power.

• Bvumba, Sahumani, Chisuko secondary had classroom blocks, staff houses, toilets and learning materials destroyed.

• At Loreto, Makwara, Makwasa and Muparutsa primary schools, staff houses, classroom blocks, toilets and play centers were destroyed. Completely destroyed houses in Mutasa District © IOM 2019

• 90 households in need of emergency shelter and NFIs.

• 10 schools in need of building and learning materials

• Psycho social support for affected population

• Building materials for reconstruction of houses

• Power supply

IOM supported Mutasa District Civil Protection Unit (DCP) to conduct two assessments in Mutasa district to evaluate the needs of the affected population.

The immediate needs of the affected households were reported to be emergency shelter and NFIs. Schools require building, learning materials and resuscitation of power supply.

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