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Hwange arrests floods problem

Jeffrey Muvundusi 

in BULAWAYO

THE Hwange Local Board (HLB) says it has managed to arrest the flooding problem that has for the past 40 years haunted the coal mining town.

Some sections of the town have been susceptible to floods each time heavy rains are received, resulting in loss of property.

HLB town secretary Ndumiso Mdlalose said the local authority was leaving no stone unturned in its quest to curb floods which have become an annual problem within its locality.

“Through effective utilisation of the funds we were allocated by Zinara (Zimbabwe National Road Administration) we managed to carry out extensive routine maintenance work. We cleared storm drains as well as widening water courses in some areas,” he said.

Last year the local authority received $2,2 million from Zinara, which it has been using to clear on storm drainages.

Mdlalose said HLB would utilise most of the funds they are going to receive this year to redesign and construct permanent storm water drainages.

HLB town engineer Philip Nguni said residents, whose homes are prone to perennial flooding, have commended the local authority for its sterling work in averting the catastrophe.

“We have been getting positive reports from residents whose houses were previously prone to floods. They are appreciative of the work.

Last year in January, at least 70 people were affected by the floods with more than 35 in dire situations being evacuated to temporary shelter which had been set up at the Hwange Colliery Company guest house.

The rains damaged household property and a number of cars while a major retail shop in the mining town had to be temporarily closed after water submerged some of the groceries and goods in the shop.

The flooding has over the years been largely attributed to a poor drainage system and the failure by the local board to permanently address the problem.

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