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Brian felt bored. He had been watching television for hours. He decided to go for a walk. His best friend, a dog called Snooky, trotted behind him. A cool breeze blew from east to west.
Suddenly, the wind blew more strongly. Dark clouds gathered in the distance. The wind became more violent. There was a distant rumble of thunder. The mountains echoed the thunder. The sky clouded over and it became dark. Flashes of lightning lit the sky.
Brian was shocked because everything happened so fast. He decided to run home. The skies opened. Heavy raindrops fell and pounded on his head and the ground. Within a few minutes, brian was shocked to the skin. The strong icy wind continued to blow and thunder filled the air. The wind tore the leaves from the tree and pulled down the branches. Objects became almost invisible through the rain.
He decided to seek shelter behind some huge rocks. He looked for his pet but it had disappeared.
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Earthquake sends shivers
The biggest earthquake in decades in Southern Africa struck the Save Valley, shaking much of Zimbabwe, Mozambique and parts of north-east South Africa. Injuries and damages were quite few with the first reports showing that only two people had died, although there could be more victims.
The earthquake was centred on the north bank of Save river. The Save flows through the point where the earthquake struck. Although this area is widely known for its minor tremors, major earthquakes are very rare.
An earthquake is sudden break within the upper layer of the earth. Sometimes, it breaks the surface resulting in shaking of the ground. If the earthquake is strong enough, it can destroy building and property.
Millions of people were frightened and confused when the earthquake occurred. It occurred around midnight. Since earthquakes are not so common in Southern Africa, only elderly and middle-aged Zambians and Zimbabweans remember the tremor of 1963 when Lake Kariba filled to capacity.
Adapted from : The Herald, 24 February 2006. Zimpapers.
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Murombo lowered his head to drink some water. The hooves of his forelegs were a couple of centimetres from the edge of the shallow well. the earth cracked as his big hooves dug into the loose soil. Woosh! Spash! The bull slipped in before he had gulped down a sip of water. The water level rose and left only his back and raised head dry. Then he began his struggle to get out. It was an impossible task.
The search for the bull had started a day before. Some suggestions had been made. One of them was he had gone down to the river Sanyati and crossed to the other side. Kuda had searched tirelessly almost everywhere without success. His father had asked everyone whom he had met if they had seen Murombo. He thought that the bull had been stolen by a notorious butcher and could have been slaughtered for sale.
Adapted from: The Beast of Fame by Daniel Motsi ZPH (1987)
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Collin and Keith lay on the ground to rest by the river side. Above them, the sunlight filtered through the branches of a gum tree. It was a quiet day and the silence was only broken by the gazing of the horses and the chattering of the birds in the trees nearby. Collin dozed off.
He was awakened by a distant shouting. Rolling over, he noticed that Keith was no there. He heard another call. He raced to the bank and looked at the river below. Fifty metres downstream, he could see something waving above the water. It was an arm and he noticed a head bobbing alongside. It was Keith. He was being carried downstream by the crrent.
"O, the fool!" he thought, but this was not the time to blame. He had to save his friend. He jumped on to the back of one of the horses and raced along the bank. he shouted and threw a rope for him to catch, Collin started pulling the rope.
Adapted from: The Open Sky and Other stories,Jacaranda Press (1963) Autralia.