By Kudakwashe Shambamuto
Gweru residents are calling upon the local authorities and land developers to prepare for expected heavy rains this month to avoid January’s situation which left a trail of destruction.
Residents in several suburbs were forced to move out of their homes to safer places after most houses were hit by flash floods.
Property worth thousands of US dollars was lost after being drenched and most of the affected areas were Mkoba, Mtapa, Ascot, Woodlands, and Clifton Park.
River Valley Properties has been seen for several months now, clearing drainage systems, constructing bridges and roads in Woodlands and Hertfordshire to prepare for future rains.
“We are concerned that the previous sad development where we lost our properties can be repeated if council and land developers don’t prepare for the rains,” said Mukudze Nyoni, a Nashville resident.
More than 500 people were left homeless after their homes were destroyed and ended up receiving handouts from wellwishers.
Gweru property developer River Valley Properties also joined hands with the City of Gweru and the Civil Protection Unit to assist families affected by flash floods that hit most parts of the Midlands capital.
“River Valley Properties would like to inform all Woodlands residents who may be affected by flash floods that have become rife in Gweru location as a result of continuous rains to get in touch with our offices for assistance,” said the statement in January.
The property developer which has provided housing to thousands of low-income earners around the country is not new to humanitarian work.
Last year River Valley led by chief executive, Dr Smelly Dube assisted hundreds of vulnerable people in the Midlands province affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and also provided clean potable water to residents in high lying high-density suburbs.