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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 108m3/s on 17th September 2018, while the flow observed last year on the same date was 59m3/s.

From:
11 September 2018
To:
17 September 2018
Date Flow(m3/s)
11/09/2018117
12/09/2018115
13/09/2018114
14/09/2018113
15/09/2018111
16/09/2018109
17/09/2018108
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 449m3/s on 17th September 2018, while the flow observed last year on the same date was 271m3/s.

From:
11 September 2018
To:
17 September 2018
Date Flow(m3/s)
11/09/2018476
12/09/2018471
13/09/2018468
14/09/2018464
15/09/2018459
16/09/2018454
17/09/2018449
nana

Ngonye

Flows on the Zambezi River at Ngonye have been decreasing, closing the week under review at 375 m3/s as at 17th September 2018, while last year’s flow on the same date was 236m3/s.

From:
11 September 2018
To:
17 September 2018
Date Flow(m3/s)
11/09/2018399
12/09/2018392
13/09/2018390
14/09/2018387
15/09/2018383
16/09/2018379
17/09/2018375
ngonye

Victoria Falls/Big Tree

Flows at Victoria Falls have been decreasing closing the week under review at 406m3/s on 17th September 2018. Last year on the same date, the flow was 263m3/s.  

From:
11 September 2018
To:
17 September 2018
Date Flow(m3/s)
11/09/2018416
12/09/2018416
13/09/2018416
14/09/2018416
15/09/2018416
16/09/2018406
17/09/2018406
vic falls