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Authority warns of floods due to water rising in Lake Tanganyika

By NATION REPORTER

THE Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) has warned of rising water levels in Lake Tanganyika which are likely to cause flooding in some areas of Mpulungu and Nsama Districts. 

The areas which are likely to be affected include Mpulungu Harbour, Kasaba Bay, Nsumbu Bay, Nkamba Bay, Chituta Bay, Mbete Bay and other areas along the shoreline.

The rise in the Lake water levels are due to intense rainfall received in the Northern parts of Zambia.

The Authority observed that the water levels in Lake Tanganyika have exceeded the long-term average. 

The highest Lake water level of 4.36m which was recorded in 1964 has been exceeded by 0.53m as of 1 2th April, 2024, reaching a record high of 4.89m.

“Furthermore, the Lake water levels are still rising and it is anticipated that the peak will be reached by June, 2024.

“Members of the public using the Lake and settlers along the take shorelines in the affected areas are advised to be on high alert and possibly move upland as the Lake levels are still on the rise,” the authorities said.

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