Sewage and refuse crisis leads to disease

HARARE - Failure by ZINWA to provide adequate water and sewerage services has led to a wave of disease outbreaks, according to the Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA).
CHRA said they had received an upsurge of reports on burst sewers that had not been dealt with and on disease outbr

eaks caused by the bursts. Residents in most parts of Harare were going for days without water.
In Glen View and Budiriro residents are also suffering from water cuts. In Bulawayo, residents go for weeks without running water.
ZINWA says it needs heavy capital input from government to carry out maintenance work and improve its services.
Power supplies are no better, says CHRA. Zimbabwe used to receive power from South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo, but only Mozambique continues to supply a meagre amount as others have opted out because of non-payment.
The power authority says it also needs major foreign currency input to provide effective services.
The refuse situation has worsened too. Informal and formal dumping sites continue to be flooded with uncollected waste as the city of Harare claims it has no fuel to carry out effective waste management services. In Mbare, this has led to outbreaks of cholera and dysentery. – CHRA

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