Emergency Alert: City of Harare issues dire warning


Residents urged to evacuate as torrential rains batter Harare

In the wake of relentless downpours that have engulfed Zimbabwe’s capital city, the authorities have issued a grave warning to residents in low-lying areas, urging them to vacate their homes immediately to avoid the risk of being swept away by floodwaters. The recent heavy rains, following a prolonged dry spell, have wreaked havoc on Harare’s already strained drainage system, rendering roads impassable and causing water to seep into people’s homes, resulting in the destruction of valuable electrical appliances.

Expressing concern over the escalating situation, Harare Mayor Councillor Jacob Mafume appealed to residents residing in flood-prone areas such as Budiriro Paddocks and Kuwadzana Paddocks to prioritize their safety and evacuate without delay.

“As heavy rains pound Harare, his worship the mayor, councillor Jacob Mafume has called on residents with houses on low-lying areas like Budiriro Paddocks area, Kuwadzana Paddocks area and all other low-lying areas to evacuate their houses as massive floods have been predicted,” stated the City of Harare in a released statement.

Tragically, recent incidents have already claimed lives in the affected areas. Last week, a six-year-old boy lost his life after being swept away by the forceful floodwaters in Budiriro, with his lifeless body discovered five kilometers away only two days ago. Another fatality was reported in Highfield, highlighting the gravity of the situation.

Furthermore, the adverse weather conditions have taken a toll on transportation, as several detours along the Harare and Bulawayo to Beitbridge roads have been washed away, rendering them impassable. Stranded vehicles, including heavy trucks, have been left stranded, creating a logistical nightmare for drivers and posing security risks. A truck driver en route to South Africa shared his concerns, emphasizing the vulnerability of drivers and their cargo to theft during these perilous detours.

Last week’s rainfall wreaked havoc across the country, with nearly 15 houses in Budiriro 4 inundated by floodwaters. The Zimbabwe Republic Police Sub-Aqua Unit had to step in and rescue several individuals who were stranded due to rising water levels. The situation remains critical as the Meteorological Services Department has issued warnings of further heavy rains and violent storms expected to persist until Sunday.

This recent episode of extreme weather comes on the heels of a tragic incident in Buhera, Manicaland province, where four children from the same family lost their lives after their hut was struck by lightning in October. These events underscore the urgent need for enhanced disaster preparedness and mitigation measures to safeguard lives and property in Zimbabwe.

As the rains persist and the threat of flooding looms large, residents are urged to heed the authorities’ advice and prioritize their safety.

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