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Vol 42 No 5

Published 9th March 2001

Acts of God

Rain, like drought, respects no frontiers. Downpours starting in Namibia fill Zimbabwe's Kariba Dam, which spills over and fills Mozambique's Cahora Bassa Dam, which spills over onto the fertile flood-plain towards the Indian Ocean. Though sometimes badly managed, the dams cannot alone be blamed for the resulting loss of crops and livestock; the same happens in Malawi, along rivers not harnessed for power and irrigation. Global warming may be a factor.

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