Zimbabwe

Flood alert as heavy rains continue in Zim

2011-12-30 14:15

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Harare - Zimbabwe's weather department is issuing a flood alert and says heavy rains are expected to continue.

The Meteorological Service says downpours of more than 3 inches are forecast in northern and eastern regions through to January 02, accompanied by gusty winds.

In a statement on Friday, the government's civil protection agency also advised affected communities to find shelter on higher ground.

It warned that roofs could be blown off and low-cost and mud-built houses risk collapse from water saturation.

In years of economic decline, broken drainage and sewers have led to outbreaks of waterborne diseases worsened by rain. More than 4 000 people died from the waterborne illness cholera in 2008.

- AP

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