HARARE Feb 12 Cash-strapped Zimbabwe asked for
international aid on Wednesday to evacuate thousands of families
threatened by a dam it feared could burst following torrential
Authorities said they had only managed to move 36 families
out of 2,230 in immediate danger, warning any break in the
Tokwe-Mukorsi dam could flood tens of thousands of other people
Zimbabwe was asking for $20 million from foreign donors,
Local Government and Public Works Minister Ignatius Chombo told
"We have 20,000 people within the dam basin and another
40,000 who are downstream who are all at risk of flooding," he
Tokwe-Mukorsi is in the semi-arid southern Masvingo region
but the area has received higher than normal rains this year.
The International Organisation for Migration, a relief
agency, has pitched in with tents and blankets while Namibia is
providing three helicopters for evacuating the villagers.
The flood situation would be discussed at a cabinet meeting
in Harare on Wednesday, Chombo said.
(Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Ed Stoddard and