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Heavy rains cause floods in Zimbabwe

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BEIJING, Aug. 12, 2020 (Xinhua) -- A man runs in rain in Daxing District, Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 12, 2020. Beijing meteorological authorities issued a yellow alert for rainstorms, forecasting that torrential rain would batter the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region between Wednesday and Thursday. (Xinhua/Peng Ziyang)
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Incessant rains have caused flooding in parts of the Zimbabwean capital of Harare, damaging property and displacing households, city officials announced Friday.

Jacob Mafume, mayor of Harare, said on Friday that some informal settlements in the high-density suburb of Budiriro in the southwestern side of Harare had been cut off by the floods.

“We need to remove those people and give them accommodation elsewhere where it is appropriate. It is clear that they cannot be settled in that area; otherwise, every year we will be coming back,” said Mafume during a tour of the affected area.

On Thursday, Mafume urged vulnerable communities in low-lying areas and other vulnerable wetlands across the city to vacate their homes and move to higher ground.

He said the city had already lost two lives and a huge amount of property due to the floods.

In response to the flooding crisis, the City of Harare had established two evacuation centers to temporarily house affected families, said Mafume.

Last week, police reported that nearly 15 houses were submerged in water in another southwestern Harare suburb of Kuwadzana, adding that several people who had been marooned were rescued by the police Sub-Aqua Unit.

Many parts of Zimbabwe have been receiving downpours over the past few days, and some low-income informal settlements in low-lying areas of Harare with poor drainage systems have been heavily affected.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Nick Mangwana said on Friday that a crucial bridge that links the districts of Gokwe North and South in the Midlands Province had been destroyed by the incessant rains.

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