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Between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls victims of unprecedented drought


Victoria Falls, located on the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe, has been hit by a drought in southern Africa since the beginning of the year. Their flow of water is at a ...

Victoria Falls, spectacular spectacular UNESCO World Heritage waterfalls, attracts thousands of tourists each year. Located on the Zambezi River, between Zambia and Zimbabwe, this natural gem can reach more than 100 meters in height usually.

But in recent months, the falls offer a distressing sight, victims of an unprecedented drought that has plagued southern Africa since the beginning of the year. "The dry season is usual but this year it started earlier, in June," says David Samalambo, a shopkeeper near Victoria Falls. "I would say it's the longest drought we've ever had here."

The water flow of the falls is at its lowest level since 1995, according to data from the Zambezi River Authority. Zambian President Edgar Lungu points his finger at global warming and fears that it will make disappear this emblematic place.

While world leaders gather in Madrid for the COP25, which runs until December 13, to discuss global warming, Africa is already experiencing some of its worst effects: water is scarce and about 45 million people need food assistance because of poor harvests.

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