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Heavy rains: drains, more drains…

We’ll have the same scenarios repeated adnauseam all over again, with more and more money going literally down the drain…

By Dr R Neerunjun Gopee

Ever since cyclone Batsirai visited the country in January, bringing a humongous amount of rain of the kind that we had not witnessed for a long time, we have been battered frequently by no less heavy rains. The latest downpour started last Friday and continued through Saturday, disrupting normal life as it always does, and causing havoc with the schooling of children that puts stress on them as well as their parents.

As it is, one shudders while watching the scenes of swollen rivers and flooded residential areas, streets, cars being carried and floating in the muddy water. But what is more heart-rending is to see people whose yards and houses were suddenly overtaken by rapidly rising waters against which they were helpless. Chairs and sofas, tables, beds, and other furniture were soon standing in water if they hadn’t already been washed away and tossed helter-skelter outside as was seen in quite a few houses. Other personal belongings also met the same fate, or got damaged before they could be secured, such as the laptop of a student according to his mother who was explaining what had happened when a veritable wall of water came crashing into her home. * Read More… Become a Subscriber

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