Rebound Cyclone Freddy causes landslides

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Rebound Cyclone Freddy causes landslides Cyclone Freddy induced heavy rains caused some landslides that left some roads impassable in Nyanga early this week. The roads have since been cleared

The ManicaPost


Ray Bande
Senior Reporter


THE rebound Cyclone Freddy-induced rains which were received in most parts of Manicaland from last week on Saturday to Wednesday night caused landslides in Nyanga.


The landslides left some roads impassable around Troutbeck Resort area, while several buildings had their roofs blown off.


Secretary for Manicaland Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Mr Edgars Seenza said several houses in Ward 13 of Nyanga under Chidokohori and Manyau villages had their roofs blown off, while teachers’ houses at Samanyika and Magadzire Primary Schools in Wards 13 and 21 were also blown off.


“We recorded infrastructure destruction and buildings had their roofs blown off in Nyanga District. We also received reports of mud or landslides that left some roads impassable in the same district, but Nyanga Rural District Council moved in quickly with the help of the Zimbabwe National Parks to clear the road near Troutbeck Resort area,” said Mr Seenza.


The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) said most parts of the Eastern Highlands received very high rainfall on Monday, with Nyanga recording 102mm, Mukandi (97mm) and Chisengu (83mm).


The weather report and forecast issued by the Meteorological Services Department in conjunction with the Department of Civil Protection on Wednesday showed that cloudy and mild conditions now characterise the weather in Manicaland, Midlands, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Matabeleland South and Masvingo due to the weakening of Tropical Cyclone Freddy.


Media reports indicate that Tropical Cyclone Freddy killed more than 200 people in Malawi and Mozambique.


Freddy, the longest cyclone and tropical storm on record, arrived in the Mozambique Channel on February 22 after passing over Madagascar on its long journey from near Australia where it formed at the beginning of last month.


The cyclone has seen the highest-ever recorded accumulated energy than a whole typical US hurricane season.



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