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When nature fights back

10 Apr 2019 at 19:25hrs | Views
Zimbabweans are in deep mourning, the nation is bereaved, hundreds of lives were lost with others missing and injured. Cyclone Idai was  apocalyptic in every dimension, where there was livestock the kraals and pens are now empty.

Kudos to all those who gave and donated generously towards the upkeep of the survivors. From every misfortune and tragedy big lessons are learnt and Cyclone Idai is no exception.

Wanton cutting down of trees must be discouraged since tree canopies protect the land from the elements. It appears the catastrophic landslides happened where the mountain sides were bare.

If only the trees were left in place we could be talking otherwise. It also may not be advisable to put up homesteads on foothills and mountain slopes to avoid disasters when 'nature fights back'.

Waterways should be left like that, serving as waterways. No structures are ever secure on waterways its a matter of time. Our tobacco farmers must be encouraged to plant trees to replace those cut down for tobacco curing.

We hear solar-powered tobacco curers are now possible, can authorities follow up on the idea? We only have one Zimbabwe which is our home, let's look after it with passion. We must think beyond ourselves, posterity is fact and is certain.

Thomas Murisa. Chinehasha.

Source - Thomas Murisa
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