Torrential rains leave Chitungwiza suburbs flooded

Chitungwiza Municipality was on Saturday expected to hold an emergency meeting to address flooding in some parts of the sprawling town caused by a torrential downpour on Friday.

Reports indicate that some commercial buildings and houses in areas such as Zengeza 4, Chikwanha, Units L, K and N were inundated with floodwater rising to window level.

The floods have left scores of residents stranded with public infrastructure extensively damaged.

A motorist reportedly escaped unhurt after his car was swept away while trying to cross the flooded Duri stream.

Nyatsime suburb was also cut off from as the bridge linking it to the rest of the town was submerged.

Chitungwiza Town Council spokesperson Lovemore Meya last night confirmed that an emergency was pencilled for this Saturday. He said:

We called for a meeting to map a way forward following the damage caused by the heavy rains this afternoon and the meeting is scheduled for tomorrow (today).

When there are natural disasters like these, we call a meeting and map a way forward as well as deploy resources to address the situation.

Chitungwiza has been invaded by land barons who have taken advantage of desperate home-seekers and parcelled out housing stands on wetlands.

Over 11 000 houses that were built on illegally allocated land could be razed to the ground by the council.

–The Herald

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