Following heavy rains this year that pounded most parts of Gwanda South, five dams are now empty after they burst the dam walls.
The recent rains that have been a blessing to farmers in Gwanda South have resulted in some unfortunate incidents when five dams burst dam walls after spilling.
Gungwe, Matanangombe, Nkanini-Mandihongola, Mapate, Makokwe and Malipulihula medium dams which are the main sources of water for these communities are now empty after spilling and bursting the dam walls.
People in Gungwe said while the heavy rains this year were a blessing to a generally dry region, the destruction of their dependable water sources is a painful loss as some farmers also lost animals that included 22 goats, more than 20 donkeys and an estimated 100 chickens.
The community appealed to the Civil Protection Unit to come in and help the repairs of the dams as well as assist the farmers who lost their livestock.
In Ntalale, a bridge was swept away while the causeway bridge in Tuli River is no longer trafficable after it was also damaged by water.
In another unfortunate incident, a boy died when four members of the same family were swept away by a flooded stream in Ntalale, while the other three members survived the ordeal with injuries.
Despite numerous warnings for people not to cross flooded rivers, some continue to do so.