Zimbabwe’s Facing an Acute Water Shortage after this Year’s Drought

Authorities in Zimbabwe are scrambling to meet the water needs of the country’s capital Harare after the city’s main water treatment plant was shut down on Monday, leaving 1 million people without tap water. The Morton Jaffery water plant, which supplies Harare and surrounding towns with water had been struggling to stay in operation since June before it shut down on Monday. The southern African nation is struggling to cope under the double impact of the drought and a cyclone that devastated food harvests in March. Zimbabwe was hit by a severe drought between October 2018 and May this year, but Harare’s Deputy Mayor Herbert Mupamaonde said a prolonged shortage of foreign currency to import water purifying chemicals has worsened the situation.


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