The Rehabilitation of the Kariba Dam Wall

A recent study by the World Bank and the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) suggests that failure of the Kariba Dam wall has the potential to affect 3 million people residing on the floodplains of the Zambezi downstream of the wall. Furthermore, given the volume of water that would be released, it is undoubted that Cahora Bassa Dam would also collapse and take with it 40% of Southern Africa’s electrical capacity. This coupled with a general consensus that Zambia and Zimbabwe have only three years to avert this crisis is certainly causing some concern.