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Botswana Capital Faces Water Crisis as Key Dam Reaches Mud Level

Water levels in Botswana’s Gaborone dam fell to a record low, threatening supplies to the capital of the world’s biggest diamond producer, the Water Resources Ministry said.

While the 141 million cubic-meter (5 billion cubic-foot) dam was technically expected to last its 500,000 users another four months, it could fail at anytime after water levels dropped to 9 percent, below its pumps’ reach, Minerals, Energy and Water Affairs Permanent Secretary Boikobo Paya said at a meeting in Gaborone yesterday.