Zim authorities launch search & rescue for flood victims

People living in low-lying areas are being told to move to higher ground as heavy rains continue to fall.

FILE: Yesterday, the main road linking Harare to Lake Kariba and Zambia had to be closed for several hours. Picture: Facebook.

HARARE, Zimbabwe - As continuous rains cause chaos in Zimbabwe, authorities have launched search and rescue operations for villagers left stranded by flooded rivers.

People living in low-lying areas are being told to move to higher ground as heavy rains continue to fall countrywide.

The search and rescue operations so far seem to be confined to Zimbabwe's Mashonaland West and central provinces.

There've been reports of dozens of people left stranded by the rising water of rivers.

While state radio says many have already been rescued, teams have been deployed to look for others who might still be stranded.

Yesterday, the main road linking Harare to Lake Kariba and Zambia had to be closed for several hours after flood waters swept across the road.

The private _Standard _newspaper says poorly-constructed houses in Harare's Epworth suburb have also collapsed in the rains, leaving hundreds of people without shelter.