Zimbabwe’s Water Shortages Threaten Thousands of Lives

Water has become a daily struggle in Sizinda, a poor suburb in Bulawayo, as a result of a severe drought last year which consequently dried up the nearby reservoirs.

Water has become a daily struggle in Sizinda, a poor suburb in Bulawayo,  as a result of a severe drought last year which consequently dried up the nearby reservoirs. 

The lack of rains that are expected this year will intensify their struggle as well. 

“It has been three months without water. While we hear that supplies have been restored in some other areas, there is nothing here. This is where we get water for household use, we have no choice,” said Sibusisiwe Moyo, a 40-year-old rail worker

Some of Sizinda’s wealthy residents have created their own boreholes and installed water pumps. The less fortunate are forced to wait at community boreholes.

Mildred Chiri, Zimbabwe’s auditor general, warned that there will be a nationwide diarrhea outbreak. 

“The raw sewage flowing on the ground will mix with potable water, thereby resulting in waterborne diseases,” said Chiri.

Their struggles with water have added to Zimbabwe’s deteriorating economic situation. 

Inflation is now more than 800%, and basic foods have become hard to find.


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