Thousands have been evacuated after torrential rains caused the partial collapse of the Tokwe-Mukosi dam, currently under construction on the Towke River in Zimbabwe, according to newswires.

Media reports suggest that over 4000 people are being moved from the flood risk area after cracks were discovered in dam wall. Inspections also suggest the dam wall has shifted slightly as water levels raise following rare heavy rainfall in the country.

The dam is being developed for water storage and irrigation purposes and is expected to hold 1.8 cubic liters of water on completion.

The Red Cross is reportedly in the area providing assistance to displaced communities.