Mzokoto residents in Rumphi had a rude awakening yesterday morning when heavy winds damaged buildings at Phwezi Boys Secondary School and surrounding villages.
According to head teacher Bright Banda, the storm affected a hostel, staffroom, two classrooms and two teachers’ houses at the school.
There were about 70 students in the hostel, but no one was injured when its roof was blown away. No injuries were reported in the two homes.
Banda said authorities are working hard to ensure that classes are not disrupted.
He said maintenance works have already began and affected students have relocated to a recreation hall to pave the way for renovations.
“We thank God that no one was hurt. The students were sleeping when the roof flew away. It was a bad situation, but no one was injured and classes will be on tomorrow. We are not closing although some learning materials got wet,” said Banda.
The winds also damaged a hostel at Phwezi Women Training Centre and administration block at Mzokoto Primary School.
Councillor for the area Harry Munyenyembe, who toured the affected communities, said 18 houses in nearby villages have also been affected. n