The heavy downfalls that have been experienced in many parts of the country have seen over 30 villagers marooned in Ume river, Gokwe North and Ngezi River in Mberengwa, according to the Civil Protection Department (CPD)
The Director of the Department of Civil Protection Zimbabwe Nathan Nkomo, urged people not to cross flooded rivers or bridges and to take preventive measures against lightning strikes which have already claimed 19 lives this season.
“The airforce is already in the process of assisting the people affected and we urge people who are settled in stream banks to be highly cautious.
“We urge people not to cross flooded rivers or bridges and be very cautious in avoiding lightning which has already claimed lives.
“During this time when the schools are closed, we urge parents and guardians to make sure children are far from flooding areas,” he said.
Nkomo urged local authorities across the country to clear drainage systems while raising concern over the flooding in Harare.
“There is a serious challenge in Harare that needs urgent attention.
“Authorities need to clear bridges and drainages, especially during the rainy season.
“We are seeing drainages blocked by litter everywhere in Harare of which authorities should take swift action,” he said.