by NORMA TSOPO
VICTORIA Falls has responded to a testing drought plagued summer which saw theories of its possible drying up being thrown around with a full-bodied 4 086m3 per second epic recovery.
It’s a shame the coronavirus pandemic has denied it spectators.
The 1 708-metre-wide and 108-metre fall roar of the Zambezi River stranding the Zimbabwe and Zambian borders is in full splendour – albeit a lonely one.
The Zambezi River Authority says the levels haven’t just got back on track, but they’re now way above the seasonal average.
The flows monitored at Victoria Falls rose from 349 m3/s at the start of January 2020 to 4 086 m3/s recorded on April 23.
Last year on the same date the recorded flow was 1 034 m3/s.
The world’s biggest waterfall had a testing summer in which it came with just a few centimetres higher than the lowest level recorded in 1995.
Shocking pictures of the Unesco world heritage site near trickle went viral on the internet with Zambian President Edgar Lungu cautioning that climate change might one day leave the global wonder high and dry.
But then its Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders) again!
It has fought back and triumphed.
And with it its beckoning for tourists to come and marvel at its spectacle once Covid-19 has been tamed.