SEVERAL families have been rendered homeless at Mtimbwa Village in Sumbawanga Municipality following heavy rainfall in the area on Friday.
The downpour that lasted for an hour wreaked havoc to the residents of Mtimbwa Village as some of them whose houses were destroyed sought refuge in their neighbours' houses or homes of relatives.
Mtimbwa Village Chairman, Mr Wilbroad Kapufi, told the 'Sunday News' at the scene that 21 houses had been destroyed, including five houses whose walls collapsed. He added that it was a pathetic sight as several families had been rendered homeless while eight goats, a pig and over 100 chickens had died.
"We appeal to the government and other stakeholders to assist the victims by providing them with humanitarian assistance," added Mr Kapufi. Mr Kapufi said three children who were alone in the farmlands outside the village cheated death when they were swept by water, but were rescued by some of the villagers sent to search for them.
When reached for comment, the Sumbawanga District Commissioner (DC), Dr Halfan Haule, told the 'Sunday News' over the phone that Rukwa Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr Zelothe Steven, accompanied by members of the region's security and defence committee rushed to the scene of incident.
Dr Haule said that actual assessment of the damage caused by the downpour has so far not been quantified. Rukwa Region Police Commander (RPC), Mr George Kyando, confirmed that by the time he was talking to the 'Sunday News', no casualty had been reported.
- By Peti Siyame in Sumbawanga, DailyNews via AllAfrica