Thousands evacuated as dam cracks in Zim

2014-02-11 13:27

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.

See the latest pictures here.

According to, 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.

  • Naas Du Plessis - 2014-02-11 13:34

    Why is bob getting the westerners to build this?? What the eff??

      Buzzbar - 2014-02-11 14:03

      Proudly built by on point engineering.

      Punungwe - 2014-02-11 15:21

      How many African countries, would be able to organise an evacuation such as this with little or no help from outsiders? And people say Zimbabwe is not functional. Imagine if this was the CAR.

      Imagine Sense - 2014-02-11 16:13

      Very few people are in danger in the floodplain. They are all in South Africa looking for work and something to eat. That dam is lost, and its not due to the rain. It is clear on the photos that the water did not go over the top. It found ways through the damwall, so that wall is gone.

      Stefan Fourie - 2014-02-11 16:35

      Salini who build this dam is from Italy

      oldman.vic.5 - 2014-02-11 16:49

      Punungwe, when you are scared you run, you don't organise. Simple as that

      Skyline Liao - 2014-02-11 17:58

      bob hates westerners but yet he likes western products, like helicopters! I think he just hates working for westerners for western products, he rather kick them out and gets them for FREE.

      Salacious P Crumb - 2014-02-12 03:23

      Consulting engineers for this dam is China International Water & Electric. Salini, the Italian company, is the contractor. The contractor does what the engineer specifies.

      Stefan Fourie - 2014-02-12 06:51

      Salacious, thank you for the info. The same happens in Keetmanshoop, southern Namibia. Salini is the contractor building the Neckertal dam, developed by Knight Piésold Consulting

  • Shaune Erasmus - 2014-02-11 13:36

    He Asked his comrade Juju to assist?

      Danie Kritzinger - 2014-02-11 15:09

      Life is so good in the liberated 'Economic Freedom in our Lifetime' Zimbabwe. At least they are freed of the racist, capitalistic whites...Request EFF to rebuild the dam for there fellow liberated neighbours!

      Dee Bone - 2014-02-12 07:44

      EFF in woodwork matric not gonna help for dam building

  • Zom Apo - 2014-02-11 13:38

    They'll propably also blame Apartheid for this.

  • Henk Venter - 2014-02-11 13:56

    The SA Government must take note - this is what happens if you build nkandlas and the money for infrastructure is not going to that infra structure...... This is what happens if corruption stuff up your lands economy and fill the pockets of officials. This is what happened in ALL Africa countries except Namibie and Botswana. I wonder why?

  • George Potter - 2014-02-11 14:29

    they started building 15 years ago and was supposed to be finished before rain season

  • Thombela Ka Mjoli - 2014-02-11 14:42

    That will be another reason for them to come to S A

      Peter Guenther - 2014-02-11 15:26

      3 hours ago they stole for the third time the outdoor taps on my house. I think they need it to control the flood.

  • Richard - 2014-02-11 14:53

    They are going to mobilize resources - wahaha what resources. They have non only debt.

  • Pierrie van der Merwe - 2014-02-11 14:56

    Its the colonists fault

  • Johan Boshoff - 2014-02-11 15:13

    It must be Britain's fault

      Johan Boshoff - 2014-02-11 15:20

      Who else got the power to do that to the poor Precedent, because they know him he studied there and now hate him but he loves everything british. His people must not know that.

      Johan Boshoff - 2014-02-11 15:25

      Ask China to help they are not connollising Africa at all, never seen them in africa

      Samuel Chari - 2014-02-11 21:45

      That can never be ruled out...the dam i will irrrigate over 100000 ha of Afrcan land libereted from AngloAanrtjczb corp.

      Samuel Chari - 2014-02-11 21:46

      That can never be ruled out...the dam i will irrrigate over 100000 ha of Afrcan land libereted from AngloAmerican corp.

  • Peter Guenther - 2014-02-11 15:17

    plenty of water, do we get now the 150.000 tons of maize back? :-)

      Johan Boshoff - 2014-02-11 15:27

      No please that will be just enough to feed everyone for a month at Nkandla

  • Sisie Indola - 2014-02-11 15:37

    Nope they will blame the westerner for bringing the rain to make the dam unstable. I thought they would be celebrating the rain as they have been in a drought for a number of years. Oh well you can't win them all.

      oldman.vic.5 - 2014-02-11 16:47

      Dam westerners!

  • Rimmel Brimmel - 2014-02-11 15:39

    It is a pity that this dam is breaking, I was happy to see that Zimbabwe is not completely at a standstill.

      oldman.vic.5 - 2014-02-11 16:18

      It's not only the dam that's cracking in Zim

      Johan Boshoff - 2014-02-11 16:55

      It Started long time ago

  • mmmmTim - 2014-02-11 16:57

    The core integrity of that dam wall is no more. if the Italoans have any sense they will cut and run as the whole dam will have to be redesigned and rebuilt from the bottom up having removed it completely. Better to fight in the courts for years and get everything sorted out before attempting to remove the dam and rebuild

      oldman.vic.5 - 2014-02-11 18:51

      They could always park a few Uno's against the wall. Italian genius.

  • Philemon Nyamande - 2014-02-27 22:48

    Its really sad the government ministers are in the comfort of their homes doing absolutely zero nada nothing they don't care

  • Philemon Nyamande - 2014-02-27 22:56

    Now they give ppl condoms sanitary pads election times they come singing nonsense ppl jst live by the spirit of god

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