Village in northern interior of Mozambique battling buffalo raids
Getty / The Sabie river, which supplies water to Mozambique, has suffered from reduced rainfall
Water authorities in Mozambique have warned of imminent water supply restrictions, particularly to southeastern Maputo city and neighbouring Boane and Matola towns.
Reduced rainfall has lowered the water levels of the Umbeluzi and Sabie rivers, which supply people in the affected areas with water.
“The rain is not falling sufficiently both in Maputo and in Swaziland, where most rivers supplying water to Maputo, Boane and Matola come from,” said Agostinho Vilankulos, head of the department of the management of rivers in the country’s southern region.
“This situation is critical,” he added. “We are going to reintroduce restrictions, with obvious consequences. What is likely to happen is that some regions will get water supply today and tomorrow not. [The water supply] is likely to go down and down to between three to four hours a day.”
Mr Vilankulos’ comments come as neighbouring South Africa deals with its own water problems.
Prolonged drought has particularly affected the Western Cape province with Capetonians nearing Day Zero – when the taps run dry.Source: BBC