Wednesday, 24 March 2021

LORRY SWEPT AWAY IN FLOODED RIVER, TWO DEAD, THREE MISSING

 Two people have been confirmed dead while three others remain unaccounted for after a lorry they were travelling in was swept away by a flooded river in Chikombedzi on Monday.

The 8-tonne DAF truck was being driven by Josphat Kwembeva (42) from Chiredzi town to Samu market in Chikombedzi with 12 small-scale traders when it got stuck in the mud on Malibangwe River.

Five passengers who remained in the lorry while Kwembeva and seven other passengers were trying to push-start the lorry, were swept away after water levels suddenly rose.

A search party comprising the police and villagers has so far retrieved the bodies of a male and a female adult from the river while three others remain missing.

National police spokesperon Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi yesterday said the search for those missing was still ongoing.

“We are still looking for three other passengers who were swept away by the flooded River. We have so far retrieved bodies of two passengers but their names are still subject to verification by the police so we are withholding them for now,’’ said Ass Comm Nyathi.

He said on Monday around 3am Kwembeva set off for Samu market in Chikombedzi from Chiredzi with 12 passengers on board.

Upon arrival at a narrow bridge along Malibangwe River, the small lorry got stuck in the mud. The driver, assisted by seven passengers, started pushing the lorry while five other passengers remained inside.Scores of people have lost their lives countrywide since the beginning of the current rainy season after drivers tried to cross flooded rivers and were swept away. Herald

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