By Stephen Ephraim
Chipinge – Residents of Chipinge both urban and rural have been warned to self-evacuate to safer places as another tropical storm approaches.
Second storm in the year 2021 Chipinge and Chimanimani district continue to be the most affected and in the red zone because of their geographical location, close to the neighbouring Indian ocean in Mozambique.
The most recent storm, named Charlene left no casualties like that of cyclone Idai which saw people of these two districts losing their lives and properties as heavy rains down poured for over a week and it was recorded a national disaster.
Chipinge District Civil Protection Committee (CPC) has warned residents to evacuate from high risk areas as tropical Aloise approaches with its waves noticed in most part of Manicaland and Masvingo Province which have received continuous rains and heavy winds since Friday evening.
Chipinge District Development Coordinator, William Mashava told the CPC which he heads to prepare for the worst while informing the public to evacuate to identified centers of safety.
“Storm Aloise has approached now with violent winds, heavy rains are going to be with us throughout the weekend, and I urge all members to put their hands on the deck to make sure everyone is safe. Safety first” said Mashava.
“This is danger warning to all those in risky low lying flood prone areas and we expect everyone to comply” added Mashava.
Meanwhile, low lying areas along the Zimbabwe’s longest water way, Save River might be affected by floods following the overflowing of Devure River which demarcates Buhera and Bikita Districts.
Devure enters into Save River valley conservancy while Save River demarcates the conservancy with Chipinge west.
Areas in Chipinge most likely to be affected by Save floods include Chibuwe, Tongogara refugee Camp, Gumira, Konjana, Machina and Vheneka.