Heavy rains spur power outages

POWER utility, Zesa, has blamed the heavy rains received in most parts of the country for causing a sharp increase in electrical faults and power outages.

Source: Heavy rains spur power outages – NewsDay Zimbabwe January 23, 2017

By NQOBANI NDLOVU

“Zesa Holdings advises its valued customers countrywide that there is an increase in electrical faults due to the prevailing heavy rains that are interfering with the electricity infrastructure. The heavy rains have resulted in an increase in unplanned power outages, with faults taking longer than is normally the case,” the power utility said in a statement yesterday.

Zesa warned consumers against attempting to repair electrical faults or interfering with electricity infrastructure, saying this might lead to serious injury or electrocution.

Heavy rains being experienced in the country have reportedly claimed over 56 lives and caused a lot of infrastructure damage.

In Matabeleland North, five schools were extensively damaged last week by the heavy rains, leaving scores of children learning under trees.

Road infrastructure has also been affected, with some roads hardly impassable.

The Meteorological Services Department has forecast heavy rains with the ground already saturated and some dams overflowing, amid fears of flash floods in low-lying parts of the country.

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