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The government of Zimbabwe has made available 7.0 million US dollars to be channeled towards interventions that mitigate drought through increasing the availability of surface water for food production both at household and community levels, a says Environment, Water and Climate Minister Oppah Muchinguri.

The interventions include borehole drilling and repairs, piped water schemes repairs, water supply stations upgrade as well as new water conveyance systems where required.

The entire Southern African Development Community sub-region comprising 15 member nations is battling its worst drought in 25 years as a result of the El Nino weather phenomenon, which resulted in below normal rainfall.

The Minister says areas such as Gokwe in Midland Proince, Buhera in Manicaland, Dotito in Mt Darwin, Maranda in Mwenezi, Sun Yet Sen in Matabeleland South and Tsholotsho in Matatbeleland North provinces had recorded water tables lower than 100 metres as compared with a normal water table of around 800 metres.

As of last Friday, national dam storage levels were averaging 41.9 per cent, or 20.4 points below the normal average of 62.3 per cent for this time of the year, with Masvingo Province dams having the lowest average of 21 per cent while Mashonaland West Province had the highest at 73 per cent full.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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