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Kariba Dam Drops to 12% as Drought Persists in Southern Africa

Water levels at the Kariba dam that straddles the Zambian and Zimbabwean border dropped to 12 percent of capacity on Jan. 18, the authority in charge of the world’s largest man-made reservoir said.

Levels fell to 477.25 meters (1,566 feet) above sea level from 482.83 meters a year earlier, data posted on the Zambezi River Authority’s website show. The minimum operating level for the hydropower dam, which normally supplies about half of each country’s electricity demand, is 475.5 meters.