Storm-induced floods wreak havoc in Zimbabwe

Days after Tropical Storm Dineo hit southern Zimbabwe, heavy rains are still falling, causing floods and damage to roads, bridges and dams.

FILE: Strong winds and rain seen in and around Inhambane, Mozambique as Cyclone Dineo move through the area. Picture: Lee Booysen/Paindane Beach Resort.

HARARE - Days after Tropical Storm Dineo hit southern Zimbabwe, heavy rains are still falling, causing floods and damage to roads, bridges and dams.

The country’s Environment Ministry wants the situation declared a state of disaster.

The Meteorological Services Department says the rains have been heavy, in some cases record-breaking.

They come just over a week after Tropical Storm Dineo pounded Zimbabwe's southern provinces.

A bridge on the main road linking the southern city of Masvingo to Bulawayo was swept away on Sunday night.

In a statement, the department says it’s concerned over reports that some children from a primary school in Chivi district drowned on their way to school.

The country’s Civil Protection Unit is on Tuesday warning of possible landslides in mountainous areas, and the environment ministry wants some provinces declared a state of disaster.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)