A scheme to “harvest” flood water in Malawi is reported in Al Jazeera (6/3/2007). Global warming has meant above average rainfall across Africa with resultant threat to life and livelihood. Deforestation hasn’t helped.
The floods have been compared by organisations such as UNICEF to other major disasters, however as with floods a year ago have not received the coverage that might be expected. The report above comes from Al Jazeera which often reports on significant matters ignored by the world’s press elsewhere.
Pictures taken in 2007 show the Zambezi in Mozambique and illustrate the consequences to the people. The Malawi idea is reminiscent of how Africans in the past harvested the flood waters of the Nile Valley.