By ZBC Reporter
MUTARE residents have welcomed intervention measures put in place to improve the city’s drainage system after flash floods destroyed infrastructure in some parts of the city.
Speaking to ZBC News Mutare City Health Director Dr Anthony Mutara said the local authority has set aside 10 000 United States dollars for emergency construction works in areas affected by the recent flash floods with the major focus on improving the drainage system.
This is part of the mitigation measures we have put in place as a city to try and minimise the effects of flooding. As the City of Mutare we had to ensure that we avoid further damage to property as well as possible loss of lives. When these areas was serviced there were drainages that were supposed to be put in place but were not and there is also a lot of urban agriculture that is going on which is another challenge, he said.
Residents have since welcomed the move saying it will ease their plight.
Sometimes we feel left out but now it is better because we see works being done and we hope that we are not going to end up in the same situation. We are glad they are here and we need a lasting solution to this problem, said one resident.
At least 117 families were affected by the flash floods that hit some parts of Mutare where uncontrolled urban agriculture has led to extensive deforestation resulting in massive siltation and erosion.