PROPERTY worth thousands of dollars was destroyed after a hailstorm blew off the roof of a classroom block at Chirarwe Secondary School in Ward 15, Mutasa Central constituency, Mutasa Rural District, last week. The hailstorm, which also left several children injured, left a trail of destruction as it ripped off asbestos sheets, trusses, books and furniture among other properties.
Students were also left stranded in the open after the incident which occurred during school hours. Member of National Assembly for Mutasa Central Mr Trevor Saruwaka appealed for assistance on behalf of the school, saying the incident had affected the learning process at the school.
“A strong wind blew off the roof of a classroom block at the school and left a trail of destruction at Chirarwe Secondary School. The incident occurred on Tuesday and it left some students injured. I am told that about five students were rushed to hospital after the incident. The injuries were not that severe according to information at hand. They were some minor one which could have been caused by falling asbestos and other debris from the roof,” he said. Cde Saruwaka said they were yet to ascertain the extent of the damage. He said some non-governmental organisations hadshown interest in helping in the renovation of the block at the school.
“We are yet to ascertain the extent of damage, but quotations are being undertaken. I am told that there is a non-governmental organisation which is willing to partner with the community in the renovations of the classroom block. But assistance is needed. We are appealing for help as a lot is still needed at the school,” he said.