Angola builds dams to minimise impact of drought in Huila province

13 November 2015

The construction works of three new hydraulic dams in three municipalities of the province of Huila will resume in 2016 after coming to a standstill this year for financial reasons, the provincial governor said Tuesday.

The construction work in the municipalities of Chibia, Lubango and Gambos began in 2014, after being included in the emergency relief programme to combat the drought that has plagued the region, Angolan news agency Angop reported.

During a meeting with members of the Gambos municipal administration, governor João Marcelino Tyipinge said that the municipalities Gambos and Chibia have severe problems with a lack of rain almost every year.

The dam in the Arimba commune in Lubango, will be 16 metres high, with a capacity to irrigate an area of ​​230 hectares with 11 million cubic metres of water.

The Gambos dam will be 19 metres high and will supply 400 million cubic metres of water in an irrigable area of ​​11,000 hectares, supported by a 25 kilometre dyke.

The Quihita dam in the Chibia district, will provide more than 300 million cubic metres of water for an area of 15,000 hectares. (macauhub/AO)