October 22, 2018

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Botswana experiencing worst drought in five years

Botswana experiencing worst drought in five years

The Botswana Department of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources has set aside 400 billion Pula to address water crisis crippling the Southern parts of the country. Botswana says it is their worst drought in five years particularly the country’s southern parts, which it says, are severely affected.

Dams and underground water have dried up. According to the South African Weather Service the situation is unlikely to get better until March 2016. The devastating drought currently grappling the country has also not spared neighbouring Botswana. The situation in Botswana is dire.

Botswana is dependent on two dams for its water provision. One of the dams is the Molatedi Dam in the North West province.

Water levels in the dam have dropped to less than 8 % forcing the Department of Water Affairs to limit the water supply to Botswana. Botswana’s Minister for Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Onkokame Mokaila, says the situation is now out of control. Read more

 

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