DMMU warns communities along Kafue River as filling of Kafue Gorge Dam starts

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Kafue Gorge lower hydro power station has started filling its dam in readiness for commissioning of the first 150 megawatts for power generation.

As a result normal water flow of the Kafue River will be disturbed with reduction in water levels and a sudden increase.

The Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) in collaboration with other stakeholders has sent early warning to communities along the Kafue River to suspend all activities for a period of one week.

Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit DMMU Chief Planner Dominic Kangongo encouraged the communities during a sensitization meeting at Chisakila area of Chiawa in Kafue district to ensure that they heed to advice on the need to stay away from the riverbed.

Mr Kangongo further advised community members to ensure that they spread the word to other people who did not attend the meeting to prevent loss of lives and property.

Kafue gorge lower Principal Environmental Specialist Jack Munthali explained that there will be low water levels during the storing of water at the dam.

“You may experience low water levels as the dam is being filled but there will be a sudden increase”, he stated.

He advised the communities to stay away from the riverbed to prevent any tragedies from happening during the test transmissions.

“Remove all properties of value like water pumps to prevent damage to property”, Mr Munthali warned.

And members of the community have commended the team for warning the communities in advance as this will help prevent tragedies.

Fanny Mainga of Chiwena village in Chirundu District however expressed concern that farmers who planted along the river will have their crops washed away.

The 750 mw Kafue gorge lower project is expected to significantly mitigate the power deficit that the country is experiencing once the project is fully commissioned.

The 750 mw Kafue gorge lower project is expected to be fully commissioned during the first quarter of 2021.

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  1. Could someone from ZESCO or anybody who knows why the water will be reduced during water filling of Kafue Lower Dam if the same water is used to generate electricity at both Kafue upper and Kafue Lower (being connected in series)

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  2. Engineers (E I Z) where are you, please explain to us in a simple language what is happening at Kafue gorge with this issue of water.

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    • @Miner An engineer by his nature cant explain in simple language because he worksin formulas not words. He is a technocrat. The journalist who reports must simplify things for the audience to understand.

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    • @Miner An engineer by his nature cant explain in simple language because he works in formulas not words. He is a technocrat. The journalist who reports must simplify things for the audience to understand.

  3. What are you reporters saying? People should leave the riverbanks, People should prepare for reduction in water levels and a sudden increase. When will there be a sudden increase? Life is Scientific nowadays; things dont just drop from heaven any longer we can calculate so ask the scientists! And then warn the people properly.
    You have kept saying there will be low water levels during the storing of water at the dam.

    “You may experience low water levels as the dam is being filled but there will be a sudden increase”, he stated.

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  4. @MiNER you are now reaping the fruits of Examination leaks. The unqualified reporters cant properly report so they are just throwing information at you and expecting you to rationalise it for yourself. What is confusing you is the poor reporting. This cuts across all professions in Zambia. People aren’t well qualified so they are handing out halfbaked products in many professions just like this report. That is why that building on Cairo Road is collapsing, our lawyers cant challenge illegal laws, our scientists can come up with a Covid or HIV vaccine, Our President cant rule, etc etc

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  5. @MiNER you are now reaping the fruits of Examination leaks. The unqualified reporters can’t properly report so they are just throwing information at you and expecting you to rationalise it for yourself. What is confusing you is the poor reporting. This cuts across all professions in Zambia. People aren’t well qualified so they are handing out half-baked products in many professions just like this report. That is why that building on Cairo Road is collapsing, our lawyers cant challenge illegal laws, our scientists can come up with a Covid or HIV vaccine, Our President cant rule, etc etc

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