Thousands evacuated as dam cracks in Zim

2014-02-11 13:27
The partially collapsed Tokwe-Mukosi dam in Zimbabwe (David Coltart, Facebook)

The partially collapsed Tokwe-Mukosi dam in Zimbabwe (David Coltart, Facebook)

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Cape Town - Thousands of people have reportedly been evacuated after torrential rains caused the partial collapse of the Tokwe-Mukosi dam in Zimbabwe’s Masvingo area, threatening over 60 000 families.

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According to nehandaradio.com, the dam was still under construction by an Italian company. The dam is being developed for water storage and irrigation purposes and is expected to hold 1.8 billion cubic litres of water on completion.

The report said over 4 000 people were being moved from the flood risk area, with the government advising people living along the Tokwe River to immediately move 5km from the river bank and seek higher ground.

Meanwhile,  President Robert Mugabe has declared the flooding a state of disaster.

According to the Herald, the president’s declaration would enable government to mobilise resources to assist affected families that have had their homes, food and other belongings swept away.

The Meteorological Services Department has warned that a deep and very active low pressure system that entered Zimbabwe rapidly last week was bringing more heavy rains to most parts of the country.

The Herald also reported on Tuesday that the government had beefed up aid for the flood victims and increased the number of trucks to relocate families. More helicopters and boats were expected to be deployed.

Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  weather  |  southern africa

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