As eastern Zimbabwe struggles with the aftermath of floods that have killed nearly 270 people and destroyed homes and roads, other parts of Zimbabwe are facing a very different crisis: too little water. Lake Chivero, the main source of water for the capital Harare, is at just 60% of its usual capacity at this time of year, following poor rains, said Richard Kunyadini, Harare city council’s water manager. The city’s two other dams, Harava and Seke, are just 7% full, he said. For residents such as Letwin Bhamusi, 43, that means water is now arriving through the pipes only once a week, under a new water rationing schedule put in place in early March by Harare’s authorities. Water rationing is nothing new in Harare — but it more commonly begins months later, residents say. Shortages, they say, hit the poor — who cannot afford to dig private wells — hardest. The cutbacks mean Bhamusi cannot water her garden, a source of vegetables for her family, and must now spend valuable time each day...

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