Cyclone Idai has come with devastating impact ravaging homes and communication infrastructure, dispersing people and animals and destroying crops. This left heartbreaking sights and results in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Most roads and bridges have been washed away by the floods making rescue operations difficult. As at the time of writing, more than six hundred families have been affected; and there is an estimated 297 people dead and an estimated 155 missing and are feared dead across Chimanimani and Chipinge. Other districts like Buhera have also been affected
The Church in Mutare has also suffered the effects of cyclone as it also caused serious damages at St Charles Lwanga Secondary School run by the Catholic diocese of Mutare located in Chimanimani District in Manicaland province.
His Holiness Pope Francis expressed his sorrow over devastating cyclone IDAI, in particular of:, “I express my sorrow and closeness to the dear people of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, affected by Cyclone Idai. I entrust the many victims and their families to the mercy of God.”
According to Fr Abraham Nemaisa, a Priest at Charles Lwanga, around 10:00 pm the torrential rains caused landslides from a hill at Charles Lwanga Secondary School. The sliding mud and rocks struck the dinning. The rubbles from the dinning proceeded to a dormitory and claimed two of 48 form 1 students who were asleep. The security guard who sought shelter at the dining hall hiding from rains was also killed by this sliding rubble.
The school lost 3 people, the dining hall was destroyed to the ground, the kitchen, all its cooking and serving equipment, a dormitory and the water tanks, pipes and stand. The Bishop of Mutare Rt Rev Paul Horan O’Carm, therefore appealed for help to all the people. In his statement on the occasion of the sixth Anniversary of the Pontificate of His Holiness Pope Francis said, “If you wish to help the victims of This Cyclone IDAI or to help in the reconstruction of the school facilities you may use the account details for the general Cyclone IDai fund… Most of all continue to pray for those impacted by the tragedy…”
The diocese of Mutare decided to build a retention facing the hill in order to militate against future land slide.