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Kariba Dam Levels Spur More Zambia, Zimbabwe Hydropower Cuts

  • World's biggest man-made reservoir at half of year-ago levels
  • Power cuts may intensify before arrival of summer rains
Flood gates on the Kariba Dam wall between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Flood gates on the Kariba Dam wall between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Photographer: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP via Getty Images
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Zambia and Zimbabwe have deepened cuts in electricity generation from their hydropower stations at Kariba Dam, the world’s biggest man-made reservoir, as water levels drop.

Zimbabwe’s power utility has reduced output from its Kariba power plant to 475 megawatts from 750 megawatts, it said in a statement Tuesday. Zambia has cut production to 305 megawatts from 500 megawatts, its power utility said Monday. The countries cut the amount of water passing through Kariba generators by 27 percent in August.