Mazowe dam wall collapses, killing two people taking pictures

TWO Mazowe men aged 22 and 21 died after going to close to the flooded dam and taking pictures.

The two were swept away after Iron Duke Dam near Glendale in Mashonaland Central, partially collapsed following heavy rains that have been pounding the area in recent days.

Glendale resident Brian Jonga said Candy dam and Iron Duke farm dam burst their walls at around 7 a.m on Sunday morning.

Another local resident, Mairos Phiri, said the area had experienced heavy rains overnight, resulting in the partial collapse of the dam early yesterday morning.

Mazowe Assistant District Development Coordinator Willard Masimba confirmed the incident while urging people no to go to close to flooded rivers.

The incident happened just a few hours after Bindura District Development Coordinator Richard Chipfuwa issued a flood warning to communities in the Bindura, Mazowe area after 2 dams burst their walls thereby flooding Mazowe river.

  • “There are high chances of flooding downstream Mazowe River. Residents should be well aware of this impending disaster so as to avoid loss of life,” he warned.

People from surrounding communities were picking fish that had been washed downstream.

The nearby Iron Duke Primary School and Iron Duke Clinic were left unscathed by the flood waters.

Civil Protection Unit Director Nathan Nkomo said Kintyre Dam, which is located upstream of Iron Duke Dam, was the first to be breached.

He said this resulted in water filling Iron Duke Dam, forcing its wall to give-in, resulting in the disaster.

“Unfortunately, I can confirm that two people lost their lives and we are still assessing the damage and our teams are on the ground,” Nkomo said.

He said affected families would be assisted.

Zanu-PF Mazowe District Coordinating Committee chairman Tafadzwa Musarara visited the area yesterday and pledged to assist people affected in the nearby farms.

The country has been receiving heavy rains that have caused damage to infrastructure and loss of life in various parts of the country, especially the eastern and southern areas. 🔺

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