Pensioner nearly buried alive as deluge inundates Boteti

  • 16 houses destroyed in downpour


A 73-year old man was nearly buried alive when his mud hut fell on him in recent heavy rains in the north of Botswana that have left a trail of destruction in the Boteti sub-district, Global Post has established.

According to the Commander of Letlhakane Police Station, Superintendent Michael Maphepu, the heavy downpours have destroyed 16 houses.

“Eight houses are in Mmatshumo, four in Mokubilo while the other four are in Mmeya,” Supt. Maphphu said. “The affected families have been given tents as temporary shelter as well as hampers.”

The police chief noted that a 73-year old man sustained serious injuries after his mud house fell on him. The pensioner has been admitted at Mahalapye Hospital.

Supt. Maphephu revealed that primary schools at Mmeya and Mokubilo had to be temporarily closed after they were inundated with flood waters. “The two primary schools were closed as a precautionary measure to avoid pupils drowning,” he explained.

At time of going to press the Boteti disaster management team remained on alert to assist more flood victims because the forecast at the Department of Meteorological Services was one of more heavy rains in north of Botswana.

In Francistown, a family of eight at Gerald Estates also had to be assisted with food hampers and tents. The Chairperson of the city’s Disaster Management Committee, Deputy District Commissioner Boyce Mangole, said some poultry farmers at Monarch were left counting their losses in the aftermath of the floods.

“Most of the poultry farms at the Monarch neighbourhood are situated along the river,” Mangole said. “The birds were killed by water over pilling from the river.”

Many flood victims had received counselling from social workers. “Most of them started their businesses using their own savings and therefore such an incident is a great loss to them,” Mangole noted.

He said neighbourhoods like Somerset and Block 1 were particularly prone to floods due to the poor drainage system in Botswana’s second city.