By Judith Sibanda
Hwange Colliery Limited Company (HCCL) says they have started repairing some of the destroyed infrastructure following flash floods that destroyed 35 houses in the mining town last weekend.
HCCL’s Corporate Affairs manager Rugare Dhobbie said the incident which took place on January 17 left the town counting losses running into thousands of dollars.
Church buildings, shops and road infrastructure was destroyed with Number 1 and Senderella the most affected.
“The damage to property runs up to thousands of Zimbabwe dollars and some infrastructure close to the affected area were also damaged,” she said.
“Work to repair damaged roads has already begun and efforts to ensure the drains are cleaned are currently underway.”
She said apart from the alternative accommodation provided by HCCL’s Estates department, the Medical Services Division is also assisting by providing health services to the affected families.
“The demographics of affected people were collected for planning and reporting purposes,” said Dhobbie.
“To address trauma issues residents were given factual information on the causes that may have triggered the unfortunate event. Corporate partners and other organisations like churches and the local business community have been roped in to assist with food and clothing to the affected families.”
Displaced families with their children are still camped at the company’s guest house.
The destroyed houses belonged to HCCL employees.