By Tafara Chikumira
Four passengers remain missing, three days after a car was swept away while attempting to cross a flooded Gweru River, with about six people aboard on Sunday.
The vehicle which was swept away on Sunday morning was only retrieved this Monday together with two bodies belonging to the driver and a passenger after authorities made local arrangements with a private recovery team as the Police Sub Aqua team was said to be attending to similar operations in Masvingo province.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police has since released the names of the two people, whose bodies were retrieved and they are Tinashe Chiwawa (50) of Senga in Gweru, who was a senior Gweru City Council employee and his uncle, Shepherd Dzinoreva of Kadoma.
ZBC News this Wednesday got in touch with the Midlands Acting Provincial Development Coordinator, Mr Jorum Chimedza, who gave an update of the rescue operation.
“The search for the missing persons continues. Remember our Sub Aqua team is overwhelmed by incidents of people being swept away by flooded rivers.
“They are coming all the way from Zvishavane and are also responsible for servicing Masvingo province. We hope they will be able to locate some of the people believed to have been in the car when the accident happened,” he said.
In a similar incident, a villager from Mvuma was swept away while attempting to cross a flooded river.
“We have just received sad news of an elderly man who drowned at the boarder of Chirumanzu in Mvuma and Masvingo province. What has shocked many is that his body was swept away and was thrown out of the water closer to his homestead.
“We continue to warn people against attempting to cross flooded rivers as water levels sometimes just rise due to rains upstream,” Chimedza said.
Most parts of the country have received normal to above normal rainfall this season, a situation that has seen most rivers flooding and dams spilling.