ZIMBABWE is now feeling the brunt of the devastating tropical storm, Dineo, which swept across Mozambique on the evening of February 15.
The storm, which killed several people in Mozambique, with winds registering at 130km/h in the Mozambique Channel, has now moved into neighbouring Zimbabwe.
Photos taken this afternoon in Bulawayo, the second largest city, show a collapsed Nandos restaurant along Jason Moyo avenue in the city centre.
As yet, there are no official reports stating the numbers of injured or dead people.
However, social media has been rife with messages from people fearing that their friends or families might have been in the building when the Nandos restaurant collapsed around 4:00pm today.
“A lot of property has been damaged,” commented one eye witness in Bulawayo.
Over the past two days several regions in Zimbabwe, including Limpopo, Chiredzi, Masvingo and a wide swathe of Matebeleland have been reporting damaged buildings, collapsed dam walls, with residents being cut off from their homes by rising water levels.
One report said a wide area of Filabusi, which lies between Bulawayo and Masvingo was waterlogged with water spilling from burst river banks in the vicinity. An eyewitness said the Morven bridge is now under water, making the Filabusi-Silalatshani route inaccessible.
“The Nkankezi bridge has also been under water for hours along the Zvishavane road,” the eyewitness said.
Meanwhile, authorities have been advising Insiza residents on the outskirts of Bulawayo to stay home and avoid the flooded river.
To illustrate just how much rain has fallen in Zimbabwe since November 2016, Upper Ncema dam, which supplies water to Bulawayo was decommissioned on 24 November when capacity fell to 1.59%. However, on 16 February the dam was marked at 74.55% capacity.
“Water has done so much damage to most of our bridges that is is very risky for anyone to try and walk or drive across when the bridge surface is underwater,” commented a local authority official.