Mbare risk high: study

The crowded Mbare suburb is Zimbabwe’s riskiest place to live, a national survey has revealed.

Mbare suburbs
Mbare suburbs

Risks include cholera, typhoid, dysentry, HIV/Aids and general dirt.

The survey was conducted by demographer Jekoniya Chitereka, and urban planner Tendai Chikumba, of the Disaster Risk Reduction Department and commissioned by the Joint Initiative for Urban Zimbabwe.

“Mbare (Harare), Njube (Bulawayo) and Mambo (Gweru) residents were found to be highly vulnerable to both environmental (Water and air pollution) and epidemiological (cholera), dysentry, HIV/Aids) hazards,” the survey said.

“Incidences of hydrological hazards such as flooding were found in demarcated pockets of residential areas such as Mbare, Mambo and Mutapa in Gweru,” it said.

“Political unrest and displacement were also reported in Mbare, Sakubva in Mutare, and Gweru.”

The study said routine assessment of urban hazards and risks should be an integral component in urban planning and management in Zimbabwe.

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