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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Lake Kariba levels - Brief report of interest.


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11th March 2016

Lake Kariba levels - Brief report of interest.

A very brief update on the current state of Lake Kariba levels as at 10th March 2016 with the inflows as at 7th March 2016.

2016                    2015

Lake levels         477.48       482.45

Victoria Falls flow 1245 cu/m/sec 1052 cu/m/sec

Chavuma flow 2501             759

Of considerable interest is the fact that the Barotseland floodplain appears to have reached saturation, and is now flowing into the Zambezi above Victoria Falls.

The measuring point below Barotseland, but above Katimo Mulilo, on 7th March 2016 was measured at 2337 cu/m/sec 1298 same date 2015.

The current rate of rise in Kariba is 24cm over the past 10 days = 2.4cm/day rise.

With the current Barotseland outflow into Zambezi, indications look good for a reasonable increase in overall level for the 2016 season.

This depends on the control of the rate of turbine discharge for power production for both Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Dredging of Marineland harbour continues but at a very much slower rate than was anticipated due to continuous breakdowns of the hired ZINWA dragline, over which we regrettably have no control. We shall keep you informed of progress.

Marineland machinery is having to assist to a much greater level than was anticipated but progress, although slow, is being made.

From our Marineland staff and myself we thank you all for continued support through these difficult times and look forward to seeing some of you soon over the Easter period.

Regards Bob Collett.& the Marineland Team

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