6 June 2014

 - Fears of a humanitarian disaster are growing as engineers warn that Africa’s mighty Kariba dam, opened by the Queen Mother in 1960, has developed severe structural faults.

A collapse would unleash 180bn tons of water from the largest man-made lake on the continent, sweeping thousands of hippos and crocodiles into an area of Zambia that is home to 3.5m people.

The torrent could roar on into Mozambique and Malawi.

Much of southern Africa, which depends upon the dam’s turbines for electricity, would be plunged into darkness.

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