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Exams in jeopardy as hailstorm destroys schools, leave 100 families homeless

MARTIN MAWAYA

CHIRUMANZU-Chirumanzu District Development Coordinator, Jorum Chimedza is appealing for assistance for more than 100 families whose homes were ravaged by a hailstorm following the heavy downfall that pounded the district the past two days.

The hailstorm swept away roofs at several houses, schools and clinics, with the families now in desperate need of help to rebuild their homes.

Chimedza who is also the chairperson of the District Civil Protection Unit had appealed to the corporate world and other donor organisations to assist the affected families.

He said schools such as Chishuku and Nyagari were mostly affected, adding that the local members of Parliament for Chirumhanzu South and North have already extended their helping hands.

“The current situation is so devastating as six schools have been affected and nearly hundred families are in need of urgent help to bring back the situation to normalcy.

“We need cement to rebuild homes of the affected families and schools as you are aware that learners are writing their examinations,” he said.

He thanked the Red Cross for extending a helping hand and rescued about 20 families.

The storm razed down three blocks at Chishuku Secondary and Simon Muzenda Primary Schools.

With “Ward 12 being the most affected, where 35 families affected by the hailstorm,” added Chimedza.

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