Kwekwe CPU issues flood warning as Connemara Dam overflows
Redcliff (New Ziana) -The Kwekwe District Civil Protection Unit has urged people living along the Kwekwe River to move to higher ground as a precautionary measure against floods that may occurred as a result of the overflowing of Connemara Dam.
Acting Kwekwe District Civil Protection Unit chairperson Clement Muduma said people in danger of floods were those living along Kwekwe River, Redcliff, Tiger Reef and other low lying areas prone to flooding.
“We are currently carrying out awareness campaigns for people in low lying areas to move to much safer places as the Connemara Dam which is full is about to burst and might cause serious danger to people, infrastructure and livestock,” he said.
“So far there are no damages. Motorists should not cross the Kwekwe River bridge as it is overflowing but should use the new Gokwe-Kwekwe road which is much safer. Moreover, our roads have been damaged by the rains,” he added.
Redcliff Municipality also issued a public notice, warning people living in low lying areas to follow precautionary measures and to avoid areas prone to flooding.
Town Clerk Gilson Chakauya appealed to people residing along the Kwekwe River and Cactus Dam to immediately move to safe areas.
“All those residing 100 metres from the Kwekwe River and Cactus Dam must immediately move to safer areas. Secure your property before moving to the evacuation centre,” he said.
“Desist from attempting to cross fast flowing or flooded rivers and streams, whether walking or driving. Avoid parking vehicles near big trees,” said Chakauya.
The call comes after an Isuzu double cab vehicle was swept away by water at the narrow and flooded Gweru River bridge along Matobo Road just outside Ascot high density suburb on Sunday.
Two bodies were retrieved from the vehicle and the search is still on for the other four passengers believed to have also been on board.
The CPU also warned of impending mining disasters.
“Kwekwe is a mining town and experience has taught us that many mine shafts collapse during this time of the year when it is raining. Miners are therefore, urged not to go underground when it is raining,” it said.
Midlands provincial police spokesperson Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko appealed to the public not to cross flooded rivers.
“It is dangerous to cross flooded rivers whether by wading with their feet or crossing with vehicles,” he said.
The Meteorological Services Department warned Zimbabweans of flash floods in areas of poor drainage, rising rivers and reduced visibility during some sharp downpours.
Early this month, the government had to move some people in Chimanimani to evacuation centres as a precautionary measure against Tropical Depression Chalane which was expected to make landfall in Zimbabwe but later downgraded.