By Own Correspondent- A parent of one of the students at St Charles Lwanga Boys High has revealed that she is yet to be reunited with her son claiming that contrary to claims that the pupils had been rescued by the army, the students were yet to be taken to Chipinge.
The mother to the Form One student told ZimEye that the pupils travelled from their school to Skyline last night hoping to be rescued from there only to be told that the area where they had sought refuge was still inaccessible.
Said the parent:
“Yes they walked to Skyline yesterday but the army did not rescue them as promised.
They have been told to walk back to their school and proceed to Chipinge. The challenge is that they have to cross a flooded bridge in an area called Silver stream. We have been told that they will be picked up from that area by a bus.
We are still waiting for our children and they have not yet been evacuated from the area. The rains have been pounding again but for now they have stopped. We are praying for the rains to subside so that maybe our children can be taken to Chipinge, then the modalities to bring them to Mutare will be done.”
St Charles Lwanga is a catholic run boys high school which is in Chimanimani.
At least two boys and an adult who was reportedly the security guard at the school died as Cyclone Idai ravaged Manicaland and parts of Zimbabwe.
A rock reportedly fell from a nearby mountain destroying the school dining hall before landing on the boys’ hostels killing two boys whose bodies are still at the school to date. One other boy reportedly went missing after the mud slides which also affected the school during the tragedy.
In a tweet posted yesterday, the Information ministry however misinformed the nation revealing that the over 170 students and their teachers had been rescued by the army.
Said the Ministry: