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Zim towns run dry as residents call for urgent action
Bell, SW Radio Africa
August 30, 2013
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in Zimbabwe are battling with acute water shortages, leading to
calls from residents that urgent action be taken to restore proper
been reported in and around Zimbabwe’s major cities, and in
Harare at least seven suburbs have had little to no water for well
over a week.
Residents Trust said that areas like Glen Norah, Glen View,
Budiriro, Highfield and Kuwadzana have been badly affected, with
the city council blaming old equipment and high demand for the water
the director of the Residents Trust, said the worst affected area
has been Chitungwiza, which has faced serious shortages for about
three weeks. The high density area was the centre of the cholera
epidemic that swept Zimbabwe in late 2008, leaving thousands dead.
Shumba said nothing has been done since then to ensure that residents
have access to clean water, which is essential in preventing water
borne diseases like cholera.
situation remains critical and people remain at risk because residents
are resorting to digging wells and boreholes without following proper
regulations. So the threats of diseases like typhoid and cholera
remain very high,” Shumba told SW Radio Africa.
He added that
residents are desperate for action, and called on the incoming council
leadership to prioritise the water and sanitation issues plaguing
the capital city.
City of Gweru and its immediate surroundings were also battling
serious water shortages this week, with the authorities reportedly
citing an equipment breakdown at the local water plant. In a statement
released on Wednesday, Gweru Town Clerk Daniel Matawu said the water
challenges were likely to last for the whole of this week. He said
the water challenges were a result of a burnt motor at ‘Range
City Council would like to inform all the residents of Gweru that
one of the pump sets at our Range Booster has developed a serious
fault. The fault involves a burnt motor,” he said.
The water problems
across the country come as ZANU PF has been insisting that Western
imposed targeted sanctions are to blame for the problems dogging
Zimbabwe, including issues like cholera outbreaks. This is despite
the fact that over the past three decades Robert Mugabe’s
government has put no money into the upkeep of local infrastructure,
needed to ensure basic services are available to residents.
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