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Zambia's Mumbwa District in Drought
December 3, 2016
Chibila Dam a major water source providing about 50% of drinking water for Mumbwa District has dried up, plunging the district into a drastic water crisis.
The drying up of Chibila Dam has been alluded to the effects of climate change as it has not been spared by the drought experienced in the 2015/2016 rain season. This has resulted into a scramble of water by farmers cultivating along the banks of the Chibila stream affecting the flow of water into the Dam.
Speaking in an interview, Mumbwa District Council Chairman Gracious Hamatala declared the water crisis as an emergency which needed immediate interventions by government and all stakeholders as lack of water was posing a threat to the health of the district.