Tokwe-Mukorsi: Prelude to Kariba?

"We were attacked by the water,” says Marebe. “My family managed to leave before our entire home and farm went under water. Other people became trapped by the water and had to be rescued by helicopter. Now we are here at Chingwizi camp, which is 178km from our home."

Samuel Marebe, a 43-year-old farmer from the Nungirai village in the Chivi district, survived the flooding and now lives in the camp with his five children.

From the Daily Maverick's artcile dated 14 April, 2014: In photos: The aftermath of Zimbabwe’s Tokwe-Mukorsi dam disaster

(photo Daily Maverick)

The UK's Guardian published this article Potential collapse of Kariba dam tests disaster preparedness in Zimbabwe dated 13 April, 2014.

(In early March, 2014) the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) said 'the "situation at the Kariba dam wall is a cause for grave concern", and "all urgency is expected in order to avert any such catastrophe as dam failure". It acknowledged the need for major repairs."

The main rain events are or should be over for this year - time will tell what happens when The Rains come back...

(photo KR)