Storms wreak havoc at Zim shelter

The Chingwizi Transit Camp is sheltering thousands displaced by floods.

FILE:Police assess flood damage in Khayelitsha, Cape Town after heavy rains. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

ZIMBABWE - Storms have wreaked havoc at a camp sheltering thousands of families displaced by floods in the southern Tokwe-Mukosi Dam basin in Zimbabwe.

One United Nations (UN) official told Eyewitness News that even before this week's storms hit, 1,000 families were without shelter at the Chingwizi Transit Camp.

Reports from the area say only 300 out of the 3,300 tents erected for the displaced by aid agencies and the government were still standing after Wednesday's downpour.

The rain lasted for five hours and was the worst of several heavy storms that pounded the camp this week.

Wednesday's rain also destroyed a makeshift clinic and damaged medicine stored there, according to the private_ NewsDay_ newspaper.

Plans to permanently resettle the displaced on plots near Chingwizi have hit a snag following reports diamonds have been found there.