By Zandile Tandi
Budiriro 2 residents are counting their losses after homes and household properties were on Monday night destroyed by rains which were preceded by violent thunderstorms and strong winds.
SlyMedia TV visited affected families in Budiriro and victims gave harrowing experiences of how they scurried for cover as their roofs were being blown off by the strong winds.
About 33 houses were affected by the storms.
Dzeka whose roof was blown off by the winds said she was appealing for help to repair the roof.
She said the incident, which occurred at around at 17:00 hrs, resulted in her property being damaged.
“It was by the grace of God that we survived such a disaster,” said Dzeka.
“The situation is bad, heavy winds blew the roof and it fell onto the house, destroying the roof to our bedrooms.
“My husband is unemployed and my daughter is the one who is employed but cannot afford to cover all expenses.
” I am appealing to well-wishers to assist in putting a roof on our house.
“I am worried that the rains will continue and this would mean more damage to our property.”
She said those who were willing to help could contact her on 0772 988 182.
Another resident Chininga said she watched helplessly from outside as the entire roof was being blown away.
Neighbours helped her remove some of the household property.
“There was a strong wind and immediately I heard a deafening sound as the roofing sheets snapped into pieces,” said Chininga.
“I was so terrified and confused upon opening my eyes as there was dust all over the house. I managed to gather enough courage and moved a few items, which included a television set and radio into one of the rooms not affected and then alerted my neighbours.
“We had to quickly remove the furniture which was in the affected rooms.
“Some of the property was heavily soaked by water while some of the electric gadgets were also damaged.”
“It is a relief that I was not injured as I managed to escape.
“The rains lasted about 15 minutes but they caused severe damage.
” I do not even know how I will raise money to replace the damaged property.”
Another resident Chishaka said they suffered a huge loss because properties were destroyed and they could not afford to repair the damaged roofs as he was unemployed.