Victoria Falls in Africa going to dry up soon?

Located on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, the water level at Victoria Falls is very low. One of the sector’s regulatory authorities is sounding the alarm.

This symbol is strong enough to cause serious anxiety. The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA), the regulatory authority that manages the waters of the Zambezi River on behalf of Zimbabwe and Zambia, is once again sounding the alarm. Water level recorded at the end of March Victoria Falls, which usually gives rise to a spectacular scenic view, was very low. This was 75% less than the same period last year. in a new Press release Published in mid-April, the situation remained critical.

The flow of the Zambezi River, which flows through a deep valley and forms Victoria Falls, is 614 m3 per second, compared to 2586 m3 per second at the same time last year, a decline of 76%. This is not the first time that such a situation has been seen. Already in 2019, the famous waterfalls were damaged unprecedented drought Reached its lowest level since 1996. At the time, a South African study observed drastic changes in temperature over the past 40 years in Livingstone (Zambia), the largest city near the falls.

Listed as UNESCO heritage

This decline in water level is worrying for the surrounding areas. As a reminder, Victoria Falls (also known as “Mosi-o-Tunya”, “Smoke Thunder”) is one of the largest natural wonders in Africa. They are one of the most important waterfalls in the world, along with Niagara Falls and Iguazu Falls, located on the border between Argentina and Brazil. They are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attract approximately one million visitors each year.

Furthermore, felling is an important economic resource. In fact, the fishing sector is in direct danger due to the decline in water levels. According to a recent news Press release from NGO ActionAidFishing communities are seriously affected due to drought El Nino phenomenon, In early April, Zimbabwe also declared a state of disaster and requested two billion dollars to fight hunger.

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