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    Beitbridge lodgers relocate as floods hit





    BEITBRIDGE BUREAU

    BEITBRIDGE
    – The value of houses in the Beitbridge suburb that was affected by floods in the last few weeks have certainly plunged with tens of lodgers leaving to seek accommodation in areas that are on higher ground.
    The tenants lost property worth hundreds of thousands of dollars when floods reaching knee-level entered their homes.
    Assistant District Administrator for Beitbridge, Jason Mugodzwa said 225 households with a population totalling about 777 was affected by the floods.
     "I must go and start afresh elsewhere before something more serious happens. It is the second time floods have hit this place and I must read the signs," said Bernard Tshuma who lived in the affected area near Dulivhadzimo Police Base.
    He said he managed to rescue his child who was sleeping when disaster struck just before 11 pm on Friday March 11, 2016. Beitbridge recorded 107mm of rain in a single day, the highest recorded in the last seven years.
    He has since relocated to the Mbedzi area which has no electricity.
    He said it was better to be in a house without electricity than to be in a house prone to natural disasters.
    "It's a cursed area, there are too many sins here," he said.
    The area is notorious for prostitution, illegal deals and people are always up and about 24 hours a day. Tshuma's story is similar to that of 800 other residents of this section of Dulivhadzimo. The section is located close to the old bus terminus which for the second time in five years has been hit by flash floods. That section which most dealers prefer because of its commercial activities given its proximity to the border post, sits on a growing stream and was in 2013 hit by similar floods.
    A woman identified as Sekai who has a house in the same area lost 350 chickens and school children lost books while electrical appliances were rendered useless.
    "We must permanently redirect the stream now," said town council chief executive Loud Ramagkapola adding that a budget of $70 000 had been set aside for the job.
    "We want to attend to points that will reduce flooding, we will use that money to hire labour to remove silt from drainages and redirect the river away from houses," he said.
    Meanwhile some organisations in Beitbridge have donated food and other materials to people that were affected by the floods. The Department of Social welfare, The Anglican Church, The Baptist Church, Forever Clearing Agency, Easy Food Capital and Bakers Inn have donated food to the disaster victims,'' said Mugodzwa. local news

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