Mozambique warns of more flooding from cyclone-filled dams

Source(s): Voice of America

MAPUTO — Mozambique's President Filipe Nysui is warning countries ravaged by Cyclone Idai could face more flooding. The cyclone's heavy rains, which killed at least 750 people in Mozambique and neighboring Malawi and Zimbabwe, have also pushed dam retention levels to near maximums.

Mozambique said after heavy rains from Cyclone Idai, the water level behind the Cahora Bassa Dam, the fourth largest in Africa, is above recommended levels, raising the possibility that a discharge might be required to relieve growing pressure.


A large release of water could worsen the already dire situation for many downstream who were hammered earlier this month by the cyclone.

Nysui said evacuations are needed as he fears the structural integrity of the dams could be a problem if water pressure grows.


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