Maputo — Work on the new Moamba Maior dam on the Incomati river, in the southern Mozambican district of Moamba, is now about seven per cent complete.
President Filipe Nyusi visited the dam site on Saturday, as part of his three day tour of Maputo province.
The dam, budgeted at 466 million US dollars, will contain a power station with the capacity to produce 15 megawatts. But the main purpose of the dam is to control the flow of the Incomati, thus mitigating floods and droughts. The impact of the devastating floods that have periodically hit the Incomati valley could be mitigated, and the reservoir behind the dam could contain water to reduce the impact of severe droughts such as the one that has hit southern Mozambique this year.
Elias Paulo, of the Southern Regional Water Board (ARA-Sul), told Nyusi that the dam will also boost the capacity to supply water to Maputo and Matola cities, and the adjacent districts of Boane and Marracuene by about 250 million cubic metres of water a year. It will also allow an expansion in the irrigated area by 19,000 hectares.
Paulo added that the undertaking will create between 1,500 and 2,000 direct jobs, and will mitigate the intrusion of salt water at the mouth of the Incomati. He believed the dam will stimulate the socio-economic development of the region, and create the conditions for increased agricultural, livestock and tourism activities.
Construction of the dam implies building 518 houses for families who will have to be resettled. This social aspect of the project also includes two health centres, two primary schools, a drainage system, water supply and electricity infrastructures and improved access roads.
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