At least 2 people have died in severe weather including flash floods in Manicaland Province, eastern Zimbabwe.
Local media report that flooding struck from 04 November after 2 days of storms and rain. One person was swept away by flash floods in Chipinge, close to the border with Mozambique, on 05 November, where crops, bridges, homes and a school were severely damaged.
Meanwhile another person died in Odzi, about 130km north of Chipinge, after being struck by lightning. Buildings were damaged by strong winds in parts of Chipinge and Buhera. Hailstorms affected parts of Nyanga.
The flash flooding is in stark contrast to ongoing drought conditions affecting wide areas of the country.
In May this year, Zimbabwe’s second biggest city of Bulawayo limited access to tap water to just one day a week.
Just days ago, in response to the 2019/2020 El Niño induced drought, Zimbabwe Red Cross distributed vouchers for food supplies to 4,000 households across Chipinge and Mwenezi Districts.
@MaminiminiObert @nickmangwana @Jamwanda2 @matigary
The level of destruction caused by these early rains is a REAL cause for concern!!
This is yesterday in Chipinge – towards Checheche area!
Ministry of Local Gvt & Dept of Civil Protection ought to ACT NOW! pic.twitter.com/Yv0tW2JFyN
— Chief Svosve II (@SvosveII) November 6, 2020
I foresee more disasters this rainy season 😳😳😳
One single down pour yesterday resulted in some small bridges being swept away!!!
Chipinge- Zamuchiya o4/11/20
— Chief Svosve II (@SvosveII) November 5, 2020
Rain doing massive damage in Chipinge, Nyanga etc. Farmers and people in general are under pressure pic.twitter.com/yc8hrgh7AI
— Justice Mtawarira 🇿🇼 (@sirjustice_m) November 7, 2020
In response to 2019/2020 El Nino induced drought, @ZrcsRed with support from @BritishRedCross supported 4000households (20 000 people) across Chipinge & Mwenezi District with value vouchers worth an average USD62.00 for basic food.@IFRCAfrica @ifrc@DekunleCharles @ICRC_SAfrica pic.twitter.com/DR5oWsQmgk
— Zimbabwe Red Cross (@ZrcsRed) November 6, 2020