Floods displace 30 families in Budiriro

HARARE City Council has teamed up with the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society to evacuate and provide emergency shelter for at least 30 families displaced by flooding in Budiriro 5 Extension.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

Members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police sub aqua unit search for a reportedly missing 18-year-old man, who is believed to have been washed away by the water after failing to cross the flooded Marimba River in Budiriro, Harare, on Friday.
Members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police sub aqua unit search for a reportedly missing 18-year-old man, who is believed to have been washed away by the water after failing to cross the flooded Marimba River in Budiriro, Harare, on Friday.

Council spokesperson, Michael Chideme said the most affected families were those with homes built close to Marimba River, which had burst its banks following incessant rains at the weekend.

“Marimba River burst its banks owing to the incessant rains and 30 families had to be evacuated because their homes are now immersed in water. We have had help from Red Cross, which has provided tents for the makeshift shelter,” he said.

Chideme said council has opened investigations on how the families, who are members of Common Vision Housing Co-operative, ended up being allocated stands on the banks of the river.

“Harare City Council is investigating circumstances that led to the allocation of residential stands 50 metres from Marimba River. The investigations will ascertain the authenticity of the layout plan and whether the affected stands are within the approved plan,” he said.

Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni visited the affected families on Saturday to assess the extent of the damage, where he said the local authority would only provide the way forward after completing its investigations.

NewsDay could not reach the affected homes, as the foot bridge, which connects Budiriro 5 Extension and the rest of the city was submerged in water.

Meanwhile, members of the police sub aqua unit were yesterday dispatched to the area to search for an 18-year-old Mufakose resident feared to have been swept away by the floods.

Chief police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said she had not yet been briefed over the incident.

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11 Comments

  1. Typical of Zimbabwe. Before the flood. : “Municipalitiy avails land for a thousand homes” After the flood: “Council to investigate how housing development was approved in flood plain. “

    1. Town planning should not be a money making scheme.Now that the Kings are back in Zimbabwe n the rains have normalized,for real people will die in these flood plain lands.we used to go fishing there n someone gave stands during the drought.what a shame

  2. Not only after the floods, but after demanding payment of water bills and rates for a long time from the same. Now there is mishap and start saying these illegal settlers.

  3. People should not complain and make so much noise when they are prohibited from building on wetlands and under electricity pylons.

  4. mr reallyOne i think u are zanupf ,you are the one who is making noise

  5. wet lands are wet lands not just crowding people in harare whilst not expanding other cities.Harare should mantain its status not overcrowding it with people on wrong places which are death traps.

  6. cut the shit mr daddy o………really one is right people are told not to built near rivers and under electricity lines but u dont listen…tsvatuwaro

  7. Its all about floods but someone is turning the story to politics shame

  8. A lot of crap. The mentioned mayor didn’t come and there are no pitched tents. the affected families are living in neighnours’ houses and some vakanotsvaga kwekuroja.
    Musatinyebere mayor. Bunch of morons

  9. Those stands were legally aquired from city of harare and the affected people are paying the rates to the council. the issue is that the ground is not serviced and the contractor arikudya mari nemachairman ecommon vision pasina progress

    .

  10. That is City Of Harare for you.

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