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Zimbabwe hit by power outages due to drought

Drought in the South African country that largely relies on hydroelectric power is causing not only shortages of drinking water but also power outages of up to 16 hours a day in the capital.

The city of Harare gets most of its electricity from the Kariba Dam on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, and water level is at a record low there: in July alone, it has dropped 11 centimetres as a result of climate change.

The capital usually has electricity available between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.,
so work for which electricity is indispensable is done at night,
with other work done
during the day.

Econet, the country’s largest mobile phone network is also suffering: they are only able to keep their network running using generators, which results in significant extra costs for the company. Other firms are in big trouble, too: production at cooking oil manufacturer Surface Wilmar has dropped to only 15 percent of the usual volume.

Harare is the largest city in Zimbabwe with more than 1.5 million residents Photo: Shutterstock
Further information: Climate Home News

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