Seven people were yesterday rescued by the Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) . Four others are feared dead after being marooned at the confluence of the Tokwe and Runde rivers. The area is in Chiredzi following a sudden spilling of a weir upstream.
The seven rescued in Chiredzi are a woman and her three daughters. Other two children were sadly swept away. The police sub-aqua unit is still searching for them. Others who are missing are Kundai Chikwava (18) and her 11 month-old daughter Shantell Hungwe.
However, After rescuing the four, the helicopter was sent to pick up three men trapped in the Runde in the Shindi area of Chivi.
The AFZ received a request that a family had been trapped late on Thursday. but could only to deploy an Alouette III helicopter early yesterday and quickly rescued the stranded family.
As the rescue mission was underway, reports emerged that three more men had been trapped along Runde in the Shindi area of Chivi, and the AFZ rescued them too.
AFZ Director General Operations, Air Commodore George Ngundu, yesterday confirmed the rescue mission.
“Yesterday (Thursday) we got a call that six people have been marooned between Tokwe and Runde (rivers). Unfortunately, we got the message late (and) we could not fly to that area and two members of the family were already swept away.
“When we arrived at the scene we rescued four people and we were told of three more people who were marooned in separate areas and we successfully mounted an operation to rescue them,” said Air Commodore Ngundu.