City officials of Harare, Zimbabwe's capital, on Monday blamed power cuts by the national power company for water shutoffs during the past weekend.

Harare City Council officials said two electric transformers in the Parkridge section caught fire, cutting off power to a number of city water facilities. Electricity is provided by the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority, which has had its own severe problems in recent years.

Harare Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Chiroto told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that water department staff have been working flat out and that residents of the capital could expect a more normal flow of water by Tuesday.

Chiroto added that the city has a six-month stock of purification chemicals.

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