Freak hailstorm destroys 50 homes and injures dozens in Zimbabwe

Sometimes mother nature is passive aggressive, throwing a horrifying curve ball out of the clear blue sky. Something that you could never see coming. Something that you probably didn’t even know was possible. On Nov. 15th, more than 10 people were injured and rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital after their homes collapsed following an apocalyptic night hailstorm that left 50 families homeless in Emthunzini suburb on the outskirts of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. The 1-hour-long hailstorm also destroyed properties in Pumula South and Nkulumane suburbs, with the roofs of some houses being blown away. A real disaster!

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Apocalyptic hailstorm destroys 50 houses and injures dozens in Zimbabwe on November 15, 2017. via Chronicle

The hailstorm started just after 9PM and lasted approximately one hour. First came the strong winds, then loud noises from the outside. Before residents started to understand what was going on, the doors and roofs were blown away and the walls started shaking and bricks started falling. 50 houses were completely annilihated, had crumbled down, leaving 50 families homeless. The apocalyptic situation was worsened by power outages.

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Desolation after an freak hailstorm hits and destroys a city in Zimbabdwe. via Chronicle

A resident said he received an urgent phone call, that his house had collapsed and buried his wife and child. He found them alive at the hospital… Luckily.

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A man in front of his destroyed house in Pumula in Zimbabwe. Photo by Dennis Mudzamiri. via Chronicle

Mpilo Central Hospital public relations officer Mr Ozias Ndlovu said 10 adults and an unspecified number of children were rushed to the hospital after being injured in the hailstorm. The injured suffered small tissue injuries and were treated before being discharged. The hospital also dismissed rumours that two people died at the hospital due to hailstorm-related injuries.

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This home lost his roof in Zimbabwe. Photo: Dennis Mudzamiri. via Chronicle

Mr Zvivovoyi said the District’s Civil Protection Unit is carrying out an assessment in the area: “We have a disaster in the district. More than 50 households were left homeless after their houses collapsed in Emthunzini suburb leaving several injured. I have already dispatched a team to investigate the situation on the ground. We have also sent an ambulance to ferry some of the injured residents to hospital as we observed that not everyone had gone for treatment.”

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Severe hail and strong winds destroyed homes and cut power in Zimbabwe. via Chronicle

Although houses may have been badly built, that must have been a terrifying hailstorm in Zimbabwe.

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  1. […] in Pumula South and Nkulumane suburbs, with the roofs of some houses being blown away. A real disaster! The hailstorm started just after 9PM and lasted approximately one hour. First came the strong winds, then loud noises from the outside. Before residents started to understand what was going on, the doors and roofs were blown away and the walls started shaking and bricks started falling. READ MORE […]

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