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File photo / Cahora Bassa dam
Water levels in the Zambezi basin have dropped by about 40 percent, and could even compromise energy production at the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric power plant, Minister of Public Works, Water Resources and Housing Carlos Bonete said yesterday as he took stock of recent events.
Although there was above-average rainfall in some regions, water levels in the Zambezi basin were low. “Other basins are normal, but the Zambezi basin is far below desirable levels. At this moment, we are at about 60 percent of the amount needed. This is bound to affect the production of energy somehow,” Bonete explained.
Concerning the water crisis in Maputo, the minister pointed out that there has been a slight increase in the water level in the Pequenos Libombos dam, but not enough to end the water shortage in Maputo, Matola and Boane municipalities.
“The situation in the Pequenos Libombos dam remains critical, although less critical than a month ago because of a little rainfall, but it is not yet desirable, because we continue to experience very low levels,” he said, warning that restrictions would have to continue, because “there is no guarantee of rainfall filling the Pequennos Libombos in the rainy season that starts in October”.
In the meantime, some areas are experiencing an opposite problem, with floods in Gaza plaguing residents and affecting agricultural production.Source: O País
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