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Evacuation of Flood Victims Continues in Masvingo

  • Sithandekile Mhlanga

The government says it is evacuating thousands of families affected by flooding at the Tokwe-Mukosi dam in Masvingo where families have lost houses, food, and other essential belongings.

The government says it is evacuating thousands of families affected by flooding at the Tokwe-Mukosi dam in Masvingo where families have lost houses, food, and other essential belongings.

President Mugabe has since declared the flooding a national disaster, a move which will enable the government to mobilize resources to help affected families.

Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo says the Tokwe-Mukosi Dam water levels rapidly rose to 671 metres above sea level Monday last week.

Following heavy rains in most parts of Zimbabwe, floods are also occurring in most parts of the country, including Tsholotsho, where Ward 6 Councillor Qakathekile Ncube told VOA a similar situation occurred after the flooding of the Gwayi dam.

Meanwhile, members of the opposition parties, including MDC-T Bulawayo South legislator Eddie Cross and MDC former education minister David Coltart of MDC, blame the government for failing to accept advice from Italian engineers on the Tokwe-Murkosi dam crisis, which they could have been averted.

Coltart told VOA the government should appropriately inform people on time if the dam would hold or not.

The government says some villagers near the Tokwe-Mukosi Dam were given funds to relocate a long time ago but did not move even after receiving the money.

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