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Southern Africa’s Biggest Dam Halts Power Generation to Zimbabwe

The Kariba Dam

The Kariba Dam

Photographer: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images

The Zambezi River Authority has ordered the suspension of electricity generation on the Kariba Dam, which supplies energy to Zimbabwe’s power utility, until January due to a water shortage.

Water storage at the dam stands at 4.6% of capacity, below levels needed to run power generation operations at Kariba South Bank Power Station, the ZRA said in a letter dated Nov. 25 to the Zimbabwe Power Company. ZRA manages the dam on behalf of Zambia and Zimbabwe.