World’s Largest Waterfall Victoria Falls Running Dry and May Disappear
Victoria Falls the world’s largest waterfall experienced the worst scenario of drought and running dry in Zimbabwe and Zambia.
While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls is classified as the largest, based on its combined width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 metres (354 ft), resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water.
One of the greatest attractions in Africa and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River, the fourth largest river in Africa, which is also defining the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The water level varies throughout the year; it is at its peak in April, at the end of the rainy season when on average 500,000,000 liters of water flow and it is at its lowest level in October and early November.
Zambian President tweeted photos saying, “these pictures of the Victoris Falls are a stark reminder of what climate change is doing to our environment and our livelihood, it is with no doubt that developing countries like #Zambia are the most impacted by climate change and the least able to afford its consequences”.
He also added to Sky News that, “drying up of the Victoria Falls is linked to climate change, and he warned people that one day they could disappear entirely, it’s a serious problem, a genuine one, and it is surprising when people trivialize it and say ‘climate change is not real, probably they’re living in a different world, but this world we live in, Zambia, we are feeling the effects of climate change really adversely, and it is impacting on everyone”.
These pictures of the Victoris Falls are a stark reminder of what climate change is doing to our environment and our livelihood.
It is with no doubt that developing countries like #Zambia are the most impacted by climate change and the least able to afford its consequences. pic.twitter.com/a6X0V2TrEQ
— Edgar Chagwa Lungu (@EdgarCLungu) October 1, 2019