Diana Nherera Suburban Reporter
FLOODS have hit some suburbs in Ward 16 damaging residents’ household property as heavy rains continue to pound Harare and most parts of Zimbabwe.
Since Wednesday last week council has received 85 reports from affected residents.
Some of the residents in the suburbs in question built houses without council approval while in other areas poor drainage has been blamed for the residents’ plight.
The worst affected suburbs are Mabelreign, Sentosa, Sanganai Inn, Westlea, Ashdown Park, Haig Park, Sunridge and 100 Percent (Housing) Cooperative.
Ward 16 Councillor Denford Ngadziore said City of Harare workers visited and attended to some of the affected areas where they unblocked underground pipes among other works.
“We conducted site visits to assess the impact of floods following the heavy rains that have been received.
“Together with the acting DO Mrs Gambiza and council staff, we noted that most of the areas affected are around Mabelreign, Sentosa, Sanganai Inn, Westlea, Ashdown Park, Haig Park, Sunridge and 100 Percent Co-operative.
“Our council staff attended to some of the reported cases. We noted some property owners have developed properties without approval and this has in turn blocked waterways resulting in water being diverted and causing floods. We also note that many developers have neglected constructing culvert entries on their properties. This is a requirement and council is mandated to see to it that this requirement is met,” said Cllr Ngadziore.
Council workers are this week expected to attend to the flooding at the flats in Sanganai Inn while storm water drain clearing is ongoing.
The city asked residents to bear with its workers as they try to manage the situation.