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Trockenster Februar im südlichen Afrika

By Phil Bainbridge

March 8, 2024 - Große Teile von Sambia, Botswana und Simbabwe hatten den geringsten Regen im Februar seit Beginn der Aufzeichnungen laut satelliten-gestützter Schätzungen, ein El Niño Wetter Phänomen, noch verstärkt durch den Klimawandel.

The flow of the River Zambezi is less than a quarter of what it was during the same period in 2023, and water levels in Lake Kariba are expected to be the lowest since 1981.

Water storage for power generation at Kariba Dam - the world’s largest - are at only 15% of capacity, leaving Zambia, whjich relies on hydropower for 85% of its electricity facing power outages. Maize production in Zambia - where 45% of planted areas are destroyed – Zimbabwe, southern Malawi and central Mozambique are badly hit, with food security likely to be impacted.

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PUBLISHED: 12/03/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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