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Malawi's Hydropower Dries Up as River Runs Low

Dwindling water levels are hobbling Malawi's hydroelectric power supply and putting more pressure on the country's already stressed forests, officials say. The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM), a public utility, says the amount of power it generates through three plants on the Shire River has fallen by 66 percent due to Lake Malawi's declining water level, which experts blame on erratic rains made worse by climate change. This year, the southern African...

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