Water Situation and interventions in the wake of Cyclone Chalane

Following Cyclone Chalane, which has since landed in Zimbabwe and with heavy rains already being experienced mainly in the eastern parts of the country such as Chipinge and Chimanimani, the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) wishes to advise clients and stakeholders that there will be water supply disruptions at stations and centres in the affected districts.

Some of the stations have since lost power following the rains, which started in the morning.

Stations mainly in Save Catchment are likely to be affected by Cyclone Chalene, which is already being experienced in the Eastern parts of the country. Most of the stations that stand to be affected are in Birchenough Bridge Service Centre.

Birchenough Bridge, Checheche, Rimbi, Chibuwe, Chipangayi, Tanganda, Nyanyadzi, Chakohwa, Hot Springs, Bezerly Bridge, Zimunya, Forbes Border Post, Biriwiri, Mhakwe, Nyanga, Murambinda and Buhera.

Irrigation schemes set to be affected by the cyclone include Bircheoungh, Nyanyadzi, Middle Sabi, Mutema, Nenhowe, Chibuwe and Rupangwana.

Staff members at the affected stations have been advised to be on very high alert, to exercise extreme caution and to proactively remove any vulnerable equipment from the rivers as water levels rise.

Arrangements are also being put in place to evacuate staff from Middle Sabi to Birchenough Bridge, which is safer.

The catchment is also working on the needs and requirements for stations to be able to provide water using bowsers during the period.

The Authority is also working closely with other stakeholders and partners in Manicaland Province to ensure that there is potable water for affected communities and at the centres where people evacuated from vulnerable areas are housed. Mobilisation of the necessary requirements for provision of the water has already begun.

Interventions by ZINWA will include provision of water using bowsers, installation of temporary water reticulation systems and where necessary drilling of boreholes.

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