Tokwe Mukorsi Dam

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Tokwe Mukorsi Dam
Tokwe Mukorsi Dam is located in Zimbabwe
Tokwe Mukorsi Dam
Location of Tokwe Mukorsi Dam
Country Zimbabwe
Location Masvingo
Coordinates 20°43′40.05″S 30°54′11.31″E / 20.7277917°S 30.9031417°E / -20.7277917; 30.9031417Coordinates: 20°43′40.05″S 30°54′11.31″E / 20.7277917°S 30.9031417°E / -20.7277917; 30.9031417
Purpose Water storage, flood control, irrigation, fisheries, power
Status Under construction
Construction began 1998
Opening date 2015 (est.)
Construction cost US$200 million
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment, concrete-face rock-fill
Impounds Tokwe River
Height 90.3 m (296 ft)
Width (crest) 8.5 m (28 ft)
Dam volume 1,915,000 m3 (2,505,000 cu yd)
Total capacity 1,750,000,000 m3 (1,420,000 acre·ft)
Catchment area 7,120 km2 (2,750 sq mi)
Surface area 96.4 km2 (37.2 sq mi)
Max. water depth 82.7 m (271 ft)
Power station
Installed capacity 12 MW

The Tokwe Mukorsi Dam is a concrete-face rock-fill dam on the Tokwe River, just downstream of its confluence with the Mukorsi River, about 72 km (45 mi) south of Masvingo in Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe.[1] Construction on the dam began in June 1998 but stalled in 2008. Salini Impregilo began to finish the dam in 2011. Heavy flooding in February 2014 caused a partial failure on 4 February, on the downstream face of the dam.[2][3] As of late February the dam has not fully breached but the unplanned rising reservoir behind the dam has caused evacuations upstream.[4] When complete, the dam will be 90.3 m (296 ft) tall and withhold a 1,750,000,000 m3 (1,420,000 acre·ft) reservoir. The associated power station will have a 12 MW installed capacity.[5]


  1. ^ "Update:Flood water over Tokwe Mukorsi Dam". ReliefWeb. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Water gushes over crumbling dam wall in Zimbabwe". Digital Journal. 9 February 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Tokwe - Mukorsi Dam". Salini Impregilo. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Update: Tokwe Mukorsi dam in Zimbabwe". Digital Journal. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Cheap design linked to problems at Tokwe-Mukosi". Nehanda Radio. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014.