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CPU prepares to evacuate Budiriro families hit by flooding

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  • In a statement to the Zimbabwe Voice on Sunday, Government spokesperson Nick Mangwana said the CPU had made provision of ZUPCO buses as well as COVID-19 testing facilities for the affected families.

By Mutsa Makuvaza

THE Civil Protection Unit (CPU) is evacuating the families marooned by flooding in the Harare high density suburb of Budiriro 5 who found themselves marooned on a wetland where their houses are located.

Zimbabwe has over the past several weeks been receiving incessant rains after successive tropical cyclones, Cyclone Charlane and Cyclone, hit the Mozambique port city of Beira.

While the cyclones weakened on landfall, they have been bringing heavy downpours in various parts of Zimbabwe and neighbouring countries.

In a statement to the Zimbabwe Voice on Sunday, Government spokesperson Nick Mangwana said the CPU had made provision of ZUPCO buses as well as COVID-19 testing facilities for the affected families.

“The Harare Provincial Civil Protection Committee has agreed to evacuate Budiriro families affected by floods to Budiriro High 1 School.

“Harare City Council health department will conduct COVID-19 tests on all the affected families,” said Mangwana.

He added that two ZUPCO buses to be dispatched to transport the families Monday afternoon to safety at Budiriro 1 High School, where they will be housed.

The families woke up to rising water levels resulting from hours of rainfall in over the weekend which saw some water bodies including the nearby Marimba River bursting their seams.

The floods moved across this residential area destroying houses and property as many desperately sought high ground to escape the ferocity of the waters.

ZBC reported that access to Budiriro 5 was now the major hindrance as most roads that lead to this area are all soaked and impassable.

The affected residential area sits on a wetland and some houses have been built on the water course. – Zimbabwe Voice 🔺

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