Graphic toont details van de Kariba-dam en het waterniveau in het reservoir.
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Water Kariba-dam op laagste niveau sinds 23 jaar

By Mike Tyler

December 11, 2019 - Maandenlange droogte in delen van zuidelijk Afrika heeft serieuze invloed
op het waterniveau in de Kariba-dam, een bedreiging voor hydro-elektrische centrales waarvan Zimbabwe en Zambia voor hun stroom afhankelijk zijn.

Water levels at the Kariba reservoir that straddles the two countries has fallen to 10 percent of usable storage, according to data posted on the Zambezi River Authority’s website. That’s the lowest since 1996 and worse than the 11 percent recorded during a drought in 2016.

Large parts of Zambia and Zimbabwe are experiencing the worst drought in at least four decades, forcing the nations to cut generation from Kariba after water flows fell sharply in the Zambezi river that feeds it. Each country has implemented power cuts lasting as long as 18 hours a day as a result, Bloomberg said.

PUBLISHED: 11/12/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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