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River Flows

The hydrometric network used for the control and day to day operations of the Kariba reservoir comprise of thirteen stations where water levels are monitored daily. Flow measurements are carried out at eight of these stations which include the Victoria Falls, one of the key stations on the Zambezi River.

Coincidentally, the maximum flow recorded at Victoria Falls was during the early construction phase of Kariba Dam in March 1958 at 10,000 cubic metres per second.  The lowest flows recorded to date at Victoria Falls were during the 1995/96 season which had an annual mean flow of 390 cubic metres per second, whereas the Long Term Mean Annual flow at Victoria Falls is 1,100 cubic metres per second.

FLOWS AT SELECTED STATIONS:

Chavuma

Flows on the Zambezi River at Chavuma are in recession closing the week under review at 66m3/s on 16th October 2018, while the flow observed last year on the same date was 46m3/s.

From:
10 October 2018
To:
16 October 2018
Date Flow(m3/s)
10/10/201874
11/10/201872
12/10/201872
13/10/201870
14/10/201870
15/10/201868
16/10/201866
Chavuma

Nana's Farm

This station is located about 33km upstream of Victoria Falls. Flows on the Zambezi River at Nana’s Farm have continued decreasing during the week under review, closing at 329m3/s on 16th October 2018, while the flow observed last year on the same date was 204m3/s.

From:
10 October 2018
To:
16 October 2018
Date Flow(m3/s)
10/10/2018351
11/10/2018346
12/10/2018344
13/10/2018339
14/10/2018335
15/10/2018331
16/10/2018329
nana

Ngonye

Flows on the Zambezi River at Ngonye have been decreasing, closing the week under review at 249 m3/s as at 16th October 2018, while last year’s flow on the same date was 176m3/s.

From:
10 October 2018
To:
16 October 2018
Date Flow(m3/s)
10/10/2018273
11/10/2018271
12/10/2018268
13/10/2018264
14/10/2018260
15/10/2018257
16/10/2018249
ngonye

Victoria Falls/Big Tree

Flows at Victoria Falls have been decreasing closing the week under review at 252m3/s on 15th October 2018. Last year on the same date, the flow was 186m3/s.  

From:
9 October 2018
To:
15 October 2018
Date Flow(m3/s)
09/10/2018274
10/10/2018270
11/10/2018263
12/10/2018259
13/10/2018259
14/10/2018255
15/10/2018252
Victoria Falls / Big Tree