Heavy rains which were received in many parts of the country during the 2020/2021 rain season have caused landslides in parts of the resort town of Kariba, Anadolu Agency reports.
The debris of the landslide which includes rocks and tree branches reportedly covered roads in some parts of the resort town. A Kariba resident told the publication that they are living in fear of landslides as their homes are below the hills:
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We are living in fear of the landslides because our homes are just below the hills from which rocks are rolling down due to the landslides
Lindiwe Masotsha, a motorist who resides in Kariba also said the roads are getting dangerous due to the landslides:
We now have to thread our way driving through rocks that have fallen on the roads here. It’s getting dangerous,
The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has also stated that the lake’s water levels are standing at 479 meters above minimum operating levels required for power generation which according to ZRA is 3 meters above last year’s levels.
Kariba reportedly received between 53 and 80 milliliters of rainfall in 24 hours on Friday 26 February according to Meteorological Services Department (MSD)
Kariba has the country’s largest power plant with the capacity to produce 1050 MW
More: Anadolu Agency.