Stranded students at damaged school where two pupils, security guard died rescued

Nhedziwa High School pupils stranded at Umvumvumvu Bridge as they returned to school from a Chess competition in Mutare

By Norma Tsopo

Zimbabwe National Army has rescued over 200 students who were stranded after a landslide crushed part of their school in Chimanimani killing two students and a security guard, government has said.

Ministry of Information and Publicity announced in a tweet that the first batch of the rescued pupils was expected in Mutare on Monday morning.

Nhedziwa High School pupils stranded at Umvumvumvu Bridge as they returned to school from a Chess competition in Mutare

The rescue comes after more than 36 hours after the incident that left St Charles Lwanga without adequate food supplies and water after their dining hall and water tanks were destroyed in the land slide.

The students died after the dormitory they were sleeping in collapsed on them at around 2230 hours on Friday.

Initially three students were trapped in the collapsed dormitory but one was rescued alive by fellow students and teachers.

The security guard who was later discovered to having been missing was found dead under rubble more than 12 hours later.

Both the deceased and the injured were still at the school until the rescue.

While the nearby Biriiri has not been affected directly its food supplies have also been cut as a series of bridges connecting it to either Chimanimani, Chipinge or Mutare have swept away.

Other Boarding schools in the district that are now inaccessible include Rusitu Mission, Chimanimani Government Primary School, Mutambara High School and Lydia Chimonyo Girls High School.