When heavy rains poured down in Nyajena kraal, Masvingo province, in February 2014, Derick Muringa did not think much of it. After all, it was the rainy season in Zimbabwe. Little did he know that his life would be upended by the downpour.

Within a few days, the rainfall had caused water levels at the nearby Tugwi Mukosi megadam to rise to distressing levels. By February 13 the downstream face of the dam had failed, and Muringa’s world was turned upside down. ..

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