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Several families stranded in Zim after heavy rain, flash floods

The airforce has sent two helicopters to airlift stranded villagers to safety.

FILE: Villagers carry food and other belongings as they walk across a puddle along a flooded footpath on 4 March 2017 heading towards Sipepa flood victims camp. Picture: AFP

HARARE - More than 20 families have been stranded in western Zimbabwe after heavy rain and flash floods hit the area.

The airforce has sent two helicopters to airlift stranded villagers to safety. At least 100 tents and blankets have been sent to the Nsungwale area of Binga.

Sub-aqua teams from Bulawayo, more than 400 kilometres away, have also been deployed.

The floods occurred in an area where four rivers meet. Poles and homes built on a floodplain are reported to have collapsed and food stores have been lost.

In a statement, the local government ministry said at least 21 families were stranded after the flash floods and were being helped to safety.

After months of drought, western parts of the country have since Sunday received substantial rain. There are fears more families could be affected.

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