CAUTION SOUNDED IN MOZAMBIQUE AS LIMPOPO RIVER RISES RAPIDLY

Mozambique’s Southern Regional Water Board (ARA-Sul) has warned farmers in Gaza Province to remove any equipment from the banks of the Limpopo River to safer places as the river, one of Africa’s longest, is now rapidly rising, thanks to heavy rains in the upper Limpopo Basin.

The Director of the Limpopo Basin Management Unit, Edgar Chongo, has warned that the flow of the river in northern Gaza Province has reached a thousand cubic metres a second.

This surge of water, which poses the risk of possible flooding of the river banks, has passed the measurement station at Combumune, and is on its way downstream to Chokwe, the heart of Limpopo-irrigated agriculture, and eventually to the provincial capital, Xai-Xai.

Chongo warned that equipment placed on or near the river bed, when the Limpopo was very low, now run the risk of being submerged, and so should be moved to higher ground.

Despite this warning, the overall outlook for Gaza agriculture is good.

Chongo said that rain had been falling throughout the province, thus breaking the drought which struck Gaza in 2016. The current rains, he added, opened the prospects for good harvests in the current agricultural campaign.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK