Zimbabwe’s dam levels have been hit hard by the severe drought currently staggering the country. The drought was caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon which ended in May but triggered drought conditions across the southern African region.
The drought has been so severe that it has affected food staples like maize and other crops.
President Mugabe had, therefore, declared a state of emergency in parts of the country earlier this year. The drought also managed to stagger economic growth in the country and now Zimbabwe’s dam levels are at an all time low.
Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa was quoted by the Reuters news agency as saying that Zimbabwe’s drought has left the country’s largest dam, Kariba, at just 9% of its capacity.
The Vice-President said this while launching a drought alleviation programme, also adding that overall, the country’s dams are at 42% of their capacity.
He went on to say that the last time Zimbabwe had experienced such a severe drought was in 1992. The emergency drought response programme launched in Harare also saw him admitting that the drought had hit hardest at the people in the rural areas, where some boreholes and small dams have dried up.
In his words;
“In Zimbabwe, the drought has resulted in record low dam levels, with the national average dam level being 42 percent at a time of the year when it is usually 50 percent, … Ground water levels have also not been spared.”
Zimbabwe’s two biggest cities, Harare and Bulawayo, last week started scheduled water cuts. Meanwhile, the Environment, Water and Climate Minister, Oppah Muchinguri, said the Ministry had already begun seeking cabinet approval to declare the water situation a crisis.