Zimbabwe Dams About Half Full Signaling Crisis, Minister Says

  • Supplies won't last until next rainy season in October
  • Zimbaweans must cut use of water, Minister Muchinguri says

Zimbabwe’s major dams are about half full and supplies won’t last through the start of the rainy season in October, Water Minister Oppah Muchinguri said.

“These are the chilling effects of the climate phenomenon which has not only affected Zimbabwe, but the whole SADC region,” she said, referring to southern Africa. “This address is a clarion call for all of us to be highly responsible and adopt measures that will ensure that we go through the drought period together.”

The El Nino weather phenomenon has led to droughts across southern Africa this year, curbing production of key crops such as corn and led to water restrictions in the region.

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