Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

14 April 2014

Zimbabwe: In Photos - the Aftermath of Zimbabwe's Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam Disaster

Photo: The Herald
Tokwe Mukosi flood victims.

analysis

The Tokwe-Mukorsi dam project was intended to be the solution for the irrigation and electricity issues surrounding the communities of Masvingo province in Zimbabwe. However, the heaviest rainfall experienced in the province in over 40 years resulted in heavy flooding, culminating in the partial collapse of the dam. Thousands of rural farmers and their families had to flee their homes, leaving their crops and livestock behind, and at the mercy of the rising waters.

Construction of the dam began in 1998 but stalled in 2008. In 2011, an Italian company began the completion of the project.

By 9 February 2014, the area was declared a state of disaster.

South African aid organisation Gift of the Givers has delivered R2 million worth of aid to the people affected by the flooding in Zimbabwe. The residents of this camp are now fully dependent on aid from various organisations, and the government, as they have no other access to food, water and their other basic needs.

Founder and chairman of the Gift of The Givers, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, indicated that the organisation was unsure of the scale of the disaster and the need for aid as it was difficult to...

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