Tropical depression Ana wreaks havoc in Chimanimani

By Tamuka Charakupa

TROPICAL depression Ana has left a trail of destruction in Manicaland Province with several bridges and roads having been destroyed by strong winds and heavy rains which swept across the country in the past few days.

The Rusitu community in Chimanimani is in despair as one of its bridges which links the area to other Chipinge Districts was washed away following heavy rains and strong winds in the wake of the Tropical Depression Anna.

The local community has since joined hands to construct a makeshift bridge for human traffic but there is still no access for motor vehicles.

“This bridge was affected by the Cyclone Idai disaster but has further worsened due to heavy rains we received. The rains have been gaining strength throughout the week but we are safe except for some trees that fell and barricaded the roads. We have been constructing a makeshift passage to allow people to pass otherwise without help we are stuck,” said villagers.

Chimanimani East legislator, Honourable Joshua Sacco summed up the situation on the ground where most bridges and roads are blocked as a result of massive landslides.

“We have several bridges across the district that have been affected. Some need expansion, while some have been torn apart. At SS the road has landslides, while approaches at Nyabamba have also been affected,” he said.

However, information gathered so far reveals that there has not been any loss of life or injuries.

“We are very grateful that no injuries have been recorded as a result of these rains but at the moment the district’s Civil Protection Unit is still consolidating the exact number of homesteads whose homes have been affected.”

Meanwhile, the local community has been urged to be on high alert as the Meteorological Services Department has warned of more rains especially in the Eastern Highlands.