Two classroom blocks at Chikuvire Primary School in Buhera, had their roofs blown off by a gale that left a trail of destruction yesterday. The school, located 5 kilometres from Buhera Office, has an enrolment of 612 pupils. Information, Media and Broadcasting Services permanent secretary Mr George Charamba was educated at the school between 1969 and 1975.Speaking to The Herald yesterday, Mr Charamba said it was unfortunate that the roofs were blown off after he had just finished installing electricity at the school.
“Two out of three blocks at the school were destroyed by the gale yesterday, including the ECD (Early Childhood Development) building that had its roof also blown off. Three teachers’ houses were also damaged. We had just finished installing electricity at the school, and yesterday we wanted to connect water to the school when the gale struck,” said Mr Charamba.
He said no one was injured given that the mishap happened on a Sunday, but lamented that books and some learning aids were damaged. “This is happening in a community affected by drought, there is complete crop failure and the same people have to raise the resources to rebuild the school. Well-wishers have to be motivated for the children to get shelter. If it rains today (yesterday night), it will be total disaster, books and learning aids were damaged.
“We need immediate relief. Blocks accommodating Grades 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 were damaged, only (Grade) 4 and 5 classes were spared,” he said. There were reports of some isolated strong winds and rains in many parts of the country yesterday, raising hope that some crops affected by recent dry spell might be salvaged.