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28 Feb 2020 | 08:46 AM UTC

Zimbabwe: Water shortages affect Harare February 28

Water shortages reported in Harare on February 28; associated protests possible

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Event

According to media sources, water shortages have been affecting Harare as of Friday, February 28, with reports indicating that some areas of the city have been lacking running water for several weeks. According to the Harare City Council, water shortages are the results of a lack of critical water purification chemicals caused by the city's incurring debts.

It remains unclear how long the shortages are due to continue, raising fears of a dry period and an increase of water-borne diseases.

Associated protests are possible in the near term if the situation continues to deteriorate.

Advice

Individuals in Harare are advised to conserve water, stock up on bottled water, keep abreast of the situation via local media outlets, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. water rationing measures).