It has been two years since the two districts of Chimanimani and Chipinge were hit hard by Cyclone Idai which left over a thousand people dead or missing and already the region has another trauma to deal with. The region was recently affected by a hailstorm that blew off the roof of several schools and washed away essential road networks marking the beginning to what could be another rainy season to remember.

The storm was affected areas such as Zamuchiya, Chisavanye and Chakohwa in Chipinge and Chimanimani districts. While most of the country including Harare have barely received any rainfall things have not exactly been dry in the Eastern Districts of the country:

We received a lot of rains and houses were destroyed and as the District Civil Protection Unit we have since mobilised resources as we are working with our partners who are helping with tents to ensure that people are safe.

Chimanimani District Development Coordinator Joseph Manyurapasi

Villages had some sad stories to tell:

Our houses were destroyed by rains we don’t know if it’s a cyclone or not but we want to thank our village head and development partners who assisted us.

We had the unfortunate incident as our house and belongings were destroyed all the foodstuffs and clothing and we were assisted by our neighbours but our village head was quick to call for assistance we want to thank him.

Villagers speaking to the ZBC

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