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600 Zimbabwe Flood Victims Stranded

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

A non-governmental organisation operating in Masvingo says about 600 families urgently need to be evacuated following the partial collapse of the Tokwe-Murkosi Dam wall due to continuing heavy rains.

Program manager for the Community Tolerance Reconciliation and Development (COTRAD), Zivanai Muzorodzi, said at least 23 families have lost their homes to floods in Mwenezi District.

Muzorodzi said the government must act quickly to avert a disaster that is looming.

The Herald reported that the Zimbabwe Republic Police is appealing to people in low-lying areas, in particular those settled along the flooded Tokwe River, to urgently move to higher ground.

Studio 7 could not get a comment from Masvingo provincial minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, who was said to be touring the province to assess damage caused by the weekend rains.

Torrential rains that hit Masvingo, Midlands and Matabeleland South provinces over the weekend have caused some flooding in districts like Gutu, Chivi, Mberengwa, Gwanda and Chiredzi where dams, bridges, crops and homes have been destroyed while many rivers have overflowed.

The Civil Protection Unit is also said to be in the affected areas assessing the damage and rendering assistance.
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