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Average dam water level in Zimbabwe has risen to 58.4 percent from 39.1 percent at the onset of rains in November last year due to incessant rains being received in the country.

According to the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) on Tuesday, most dams that had dried up because of last year’s drought now had sufficient water while others had become full.

“Most of the places that were in danger after their water supply dams ran dry last year are now safe as the dams now have sufficient water to meet their needs. These include Mt Darwin, Kotwa, Mutawatawa and Mutoko,” said the water authority’s acting corporate communications and marketing manager Tsungirirai Shoriwa.

He said eight dams in the country were now full and these included one of the several that supply water to the capital Harare, Harava Dam.

Zimbabwe is forecast to receive normal to above normal rainfall this season and the incessant rains that have been pounding the country since the beginning of the year have caused flash flooding in some parts of the country.

Shoriwa said another major water supplier to Harare, Lake Chivero, had recorded a major increase from 25.3 percent last November to the current 91.6 percent while some dams still had low water levels including Mazowe.

The low dam water levels had resulted in Harare and other towns introducing severe water rationing, forcing residents to turn to boreholes and other unsafe sources of water.

Harare is currently grappling with a typhoid outbreak that has killed two people so far since December when the water-borne-disease was detected.

Authorities blame poor water and sanitation as well increased illegal vending of food. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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