Sewage swamps breed disease

sewageMUTARE The Mutare City Council is battling to clear sewerage blockages in the high-density suburbs that have been exposing locals to disease. (Pictured: Raw sewage continues to threaten the lives of villagers)

In a survey carried out by this paper, some parts of Sakubva and Dangamvura have literally turned into swamps of raw sewage.

An irate resident from Sakubva in the NHB section Cosmas Mapuranga said: The city council is failing to maintain the sanitation system. As you can see I am living in a swamp of raw sewage. It has become a cause for concern to us residents in this section. The city council should address this as a matter of urgency.

In some extreme cases, houses have been submerged by flowing sewerage.

Nhamo Zimunya said he had been living through hell.

I have since taken out all my household wares to avoid having them soaked by the flowing sewerage. We are working day and night to divert the rivers of sewage by digging up trenches, but we are sitting on a health time bomb, he said.

The Mutare City Council Town Clerk, Obert Muzawazi, said: We are aware of these problems and the council is trying by all possible means to clear the sewerage blockages. But, at the moment the council has limited resources in terms of lining new sewerage pipes.

Muzawazi added that the sewerage pipes in most residential areas were old.

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