The country’s dams continue to record significant increases as a result of the torrential rains being received across the country. The majority of the major dams monitored by ZINWA are now full and spilling. Major gains have been recorded in dams such as Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam which is now 49% full, Mzingwane Dam which is now full and Inyankuni which is now 74, 5%. As of February 27, the national dam level average stood at 71, 5% up from 65, 5%. The increasing number of spilling dams raises the risk of flooding in areas downstream of such dams.

The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) will continue monitoring the situation at all the dams with particular attention being given to dams such as Manyuchi (125%), Ngezi (141, 8%), Makwi (117%), Tokwane (108%) and Amapongokwe (109%). Communities downstream of these dams should exercise extreme caution when crossing rivers and should ensure that all irrigation equipment in the rivers is secured or removed to avoid damage or loss.

Below is the summary of the state of major dams as of February 27, 2017:

Dam

Catchment

Purpose

%full

Bubi-Lupane

Gwayi

Irrigation and Water Supply

104

Exchange

Gwayi

Irrigation and Water Supply

100

Khami

Gwayi

Irrigation

90,5

Insukamini

Gwayi

Irrigation and Water Supply

119, 3

Lower Mgusa

Gwayi

Irrigation

111, 3

Chivero

Manyame

Irrigation and Water Supply

103,2

Manyame

Manyame

Water Supply and Irrigation

98, 7

Mazvikadei

Manyame

Irrigation and Mining

104, 4

Blockely

Manyame

Irrigation and Water Supply

65

Karoi

Manyame

Water Supply and Irrigation

100

Mazowe

Mazowe

Irrigation

79,2

Nyambuya

Mazowe

Irrigation and Water Supply

100

Rufaro

Mazowe

Water Supply

100

Kushinga-Phikhelela

Mazowe

Irrigation and Water Supply

101

Mtshabezi

Mzingwane

Irrigation and Water Supply

106, 8

Zhovhe

Mzingwane

Irrigation

106,6

Upper Ncema

Mzingwane

Water Supply

112,9

Lower Ncema

Mzingwane

Water Supply

110,3

Inyankuni

Mzingwane

Water Supply

74,5

Mundi-Mataga

Mzingwane

Irrigation

115, 7

Manyuchi

Mzingwane

Irrigation

125

Bangala

Runde

Irrigation

105,3

Tokwe-Mukorsi

Runde

Irrigation

49

Amapongokwe

Runde

Irrigation

112

Muzhwi

Runde

Irrigation and Mining

129, 4

Mutirikwi

Runde

Irrigation and Water Supply

25,2

Manjirenji

Runde

Irrigation

60,3

Mushandike

Runde

Irrigation

56,5

Sebakwe

Sanyati

Water Supply and Irrigation

117,2

Whitewaters

Sanyati

Water Supply

100,3

Claw

Sanyati

Irrigation and Water Supply

98,2

Osborne

Save

Irrigation

56,5

Siya

Save

Irrigation

61,9

Wenimbi

Save

Water Supply and Irrigation

102,1

Rusape

Save

Water Supply and Irrigation

100, 2

Ruti

Save

Irrigation

90,3