Dam

Dam

A huge dam

Albano explains that the Cahora Bassa dam is the fifth-largest in the world. It creates one of Africa’s largest freshwater lakes.

Completed in 1974, the dam is a vital source of hydro-electric power. Some of the electricity is used domestically. But most is exported to South Africa and other neighbouring countries.

Many places in Mozambique – including villages right next to the dam – still lack electricity. More investment is needed in the country’s power grid and infrastructure. In the meantime, as the Tete local explains, many Mozambican households also rely on water collected from streams and rivers, because there is no power for pumps.