Pictures: Despair after Tokwe-Mukorsi floods

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Taking a nap on a door frame that used to be part of her house destroyed by floods

Tokwe-Mukosi, Masvingo , Zimbabwe.The completion of the country’s biggest inland water reservoir- the Tokwe-Mukorsi dam- saw heavy rains leading to a partial collapse of the dam wall resulting in flooding.

Over 1500 families lost their livelihoods. Efforts by government to intervene were not adequate and timeous leading to many victims that included woman and children exposed to hunger and diseases.

The victims of the floods who were later relocated at Chingwizi camp far away from their ancestral home, poverty became their daily bread. This was not only because of an absence to income and assets-such as land, shelter, and food but also the life of powerlessness, dependency, and vulnerability.

Historians of migration have concluded that the costs of population relocation generally go much beyond economic costs but also the severing of personal ties in unfamiliar surroundings, to face new economic and social uncertainties in a strange land.

Baby Soneni Ncube (L) and Abigail Dziva take a rest while pondering their next move

Baby Soneni Ncube (L) and Abigail Dziva take a rest while pondering their next move

 Taking a nap on a door frame that used to be part of her  house destroyed by floods

Taking a nap on a door frame that used to be part of her house destroyed by floods

Some of the families that were left in the open

Some of the families that were left in the open

 Many victims of the floods who could not find find shelter and were left susceptible to rains and thieves

Many victims of the floods who could not find find shelter and were left susceptible to rains and thieves

Pondering the next move, the man cannot come to terms with living his ancestoral home

Pondering the next move, the man cannot come to terms with living his ancestoral home

Using a school fence as a drying line

Using a school fence as a drying line

Cooking utensils meant to prepare meals for a large family

Cooking utensils meant to prepare meals for a large family

A child plays with a kid goat; what was left of the family's prized possessions

A child plays with a kid goat; what was left of the family’s prized possessions

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