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...Roughly 18 million people there urgently need food assistance, leading the United Nations World Food Programme to declare the region its highest-level emergency. Plunging water levels also threaten the area’s key power source: its hydroelectric dams.
Images from the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 satellite show water levels dropping in the Lago de Cahora Bassa between July 2014 and August 2016. The lake is part of the Zambezi River Basin, which also supplies water to Zimbabwe and Zambia. Water levels on Lago de Cahora Bassa have dropped more than than five meters below capacity.
The light-colored “bathtub ring” around the reservoir’s shores and islands in 2016 indicates exposed sediments that were underwater in 2014 before the water receded. Pronounced changes in water depth also show up in the lake’s color, with deep, emerald shades turning milkier as the reservoir empties. Some features have emerged from the lake as water levels has receded; in the second image, a former island has filled out into a peninsula.
There is no bathtub ring visible around Lake Kariba (to the west) because the lake is much narrower and deeper. But that reservoir now stands just 31 percent full. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aquasatellite captured a wide view (below) of Kariba and Cahora Bassa on August 1, 2016. Both reservoirs are home tomassive hydropower dams that supply the region with electricity....
The victims of the ambush were a team of reporters travelling to Macossa, in the central province of Manica, to cover President Filipe Nyusi’s visit to the district. Two cars belonging to Radio Mozambique and public television broadcaster TVM were fired upon as they drove through Chiuala, in Barue district, resulting in a journalist receiving a minor injury from shards of glass.
The union’s General Secretary, Eduardo Constantino, condemned the attack as a war crime on the grounds that it broke the third Geneva Convention on press freedom....
Africa's rebel groups are famous for surviving and hostilities for natural resources. Water is quickly taking on the characteristic as being a natural resource to covet.
August 14, 2016
Fighters of former Mozambican rebel movement Renamo receiving military training. (JINTY JACKSON, AFP)
The victims of the ambush were a team of journalist travelling to Macossa, in the central province of Manica, to cover the President's visit to the district. Two cars belonging to Radio Mozambique and TVM were fired upon as they drove through Chiuala, in Barue district, resulting in a journalist receiving a minor injury from shards of glass.
Speaking to reporters, President Nyusi said that this type of incident, which has also targeted women and children, must end....