Cholera outbreak looms in Zimbabwe capital

2013-11-19 12:46

Harare - Human Rights Watch on Tuesday warned that Zimbabwe's capital Harare was at risk of repeating a cholera outbreak five years ago that killed over 4 200 people.

The group said a long-running sanitation crisis in the city of two million meant drinking water was often taken from wells that were contaminated with sewage from broken pipes.

"In many communities there is no water for drinking or bathing, there is sewage in the streets, there is diarrhoea and typhoid and the threat of another cholera epidemic," Tiseke Kasambala, the southern Africa director of HRW said.

"Harare's water and sanitation system is broken and the government isn't fixing it."

A 60-page report warned that history showed the risks of doing nothing.

Crumbling infrastructure led to an outbreak of cholera in 2008 which killed over 4 200 people and infected 100 000.

While deadly, the disease is easily preventable with clean water and proper sewage.

Aid organisations have helped to provide medicines and to sink several boreholes in the capital since 2008, but some of the holes have reportedly been contaminated with sewage.

Several suburbs in Harare don't have tap water and people are forced to queue for hours to collect water.

"Harare's water and sanitation system has been destroyed by decades of neglect and by ongoing mismanagement and corruption," Kasambala said.

  • Hensen Ncube - 2013-11-19 13:06

    human rights and health?like oil and water!

  • Elisha Mereka - 2013-11-19 13:25

    Who must be hold accountable for this?

      Ol Mabaso - 2013-11-19 15:53

      What did Bob do with SA millions?

      Elisha Mereka - 2013-11-19 18:12

      Bob is old man fully of pleasure no wonder where money goes bob likes to enjoy with his life he don't care nobody rather than talking trashy

  • Tony Nya Zwambila - 2013-11-19 13:33

    These people are degreed, yet they fail to appreciate that clean water is the essence of life. They'll probably blame it on santions!

  • Anton Meiring - 2013-11-19 14:01

    Damn you breeetish scientist!

  • Paljas Paljassie - 2013-11-19 14:27

    Remeber their elections??! That's what the people voted for. Overwhelming voted for!

  • Willem de Haan - 2013-11-19 14:38

    Well, I don't know the cause of all this, except that it must be the legacy of Apartheid, if not, then Colonialism, if not, well, then I don't know.

  • Sattva2 - 2013-11-19 15:11

    It's all good ! you made your bed, now lie in it !

  • Sean O'Donnell - 2013-11-19 15:27

    No guys, really... Zimbabwe is in great shape!!!

  • Ol Mabaso - 2013-11-19 15:51

    Hope SA border control has got enough chlorine!!!

  • Jaku Holland - 2013-11-19 18:12

    Cholera, I also love cholera and I want it in me also. So do you hate cholera or Mugabe is cholera. What is cholera because in shona there is no cholera.

      Elisha Mereka - 2013-11-19 19:47

      Really u love cholera how can yu explain this to those who are affected?

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