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Muchinguri issues flood warning

Presenting a ministerial statement on the 2017/18 hydrological forecast in the National Assembly, Environment Minister Oppah Muchinguri said the 2017/18 rainfall season is expected to generate between 18 billion to 24 billion cubic metres of water at a time when the country’s dams can take in 14 billion cubic metres.

Said Muchinguri:

Our forecast is that we are expecting mostly normal to above normal rains culminating in high river flows and high inflows into our dams as well as high recharge to groundwater aquifers. The country is expected to generate between 18 to 24 billion cubic metres of water yet our national dam storage capacity is standing at 14 billion cubic metres against a situation where most of the dams are at nearly 70% full at a time when they should be at 50% full, as we approach the new season.

More: NewsDay

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