By Priscilla Makondo
A traditional leader in the Great Dyke is calling on villagers to exercise extreme caution this rainy season as the heavy rainfall activity presents a number of challenges that may result in loss of life.
Speaking to Great Dyke News 24’ Priscilla Makondo, Chief Mapanzure of Zvishavane called on motorists and locals to avoid risking life by crossing flooded rivers as many have lost lives while trying to do so.
“We were blessed by the heavy rains but whenever there are heavy rains, there are other things that come together with it such as flooded rivers and diseases. So, we have major problems right now, vehicles are being swept away by water. So, people should avoid crossing flooded rivers because it is better to be late than never”, said the chief.
He urged farmers to exercise caution with their livestock but also to put themselves in a position to capitalize on the available rainfall.
“Cattle herders should avoid flooded rivers and they should not risk their lives. Let’s not go against the Lord’s will. If the rains are heavy it is God’s doing and if there are little rains it is his will as well. Let’s not increase problems. Let’s go into the fields so that we do not face starvation yet we got heavy rains” said the traditional leader.
Meanwhile the Zimbabwe National Water Authority has reported that water levels at Tugwi Mukosi Dam continue to rise with a reading of 88.87% being recorded this week.