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Lake Malawi’s volume increases by 44 centimetres — NWRA

Lake Malawi’s water levels have increased by 44 centimetres, the National Water Resources Authority (NWRA) has confirmed.

The level as of 7 May 2024 was 476.33 Metres Above Sea Level (MASL) and the levels last year were 475.89 MASL on the same date.

Flooded localities in Mangochi

However, in a statement released by NWRA management, the water levels are currently going down and if the country receives no additional flush floods from the Tanzanian side, this receding trend is expected to continue until the inception of a new hydrological year in November, 2024.

Lake Malawi water levels this year are the second highest recorded, after the 1980 levels which reached 477.22 MASL.

The increase has been attributed to increased rains in the Northern Region of Malawi as well as the Tanzanian side, which is the main catchment area of Lake Malawi.

 

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