Zimbabwe: Salini dam suffers partial collapse

Issue 272 - 03 Mar 2014 | 1 minute read

Cracks have appeared in a dam being built by Italy’s Salini Impregilo in the Masvingo region of southern Zimbabwe following torrential rains. Zimbabwe’s independent SW Radio said that 4,500 villagers living along the flood basin of the Tokwe-Mukosi dam had to be evacuated after water escaping from cracks in the dam wall flooded the river. Namibia sent two helicopters to rescue marooned flood victims, while the Chinese community in Zimbabwe donated food, blankets and other supplies worth over $40,000. Salini declined to comment to African Energy, but the Herald newspaper quoted Zimbabwe National Water Authority Tokwe-Mukosi projects manager Taurai Maurukira as saying there was no risk of the dam collapsing.

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