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Zimbabwe dam threatening to burst

Emergency operations are underway in Zimbabwe to save the wall of a major dam.

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HARARE – Emergency operations are underway in Zimbabwe to save the wall of a major dam in the south of the country which is leaking and threatening to burst.

The authorities have been warning thousands of people living downstream to evacuate immediately but rising floodwaters are hampering operations.

Pictures tweeted by former education minister David Coltar reveal the scale of the problem.

The wall of the Tokwe Mukorsi Dam near Mashingo looks to be leaking water near the base and there are fears the dam will burst.

Coltar says this is a serious situation and the public deserves to know what’s happening.

About 4,000 families have been told to evacuate the areas downstream of the dam but three bridges have been swept away and crocodiles are now a major threat.

The Provincial Minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti has requested that the situation be declared a national emergency.

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