The Government of Nampula, through Águas da Região Norte (ARA-Norte), has recently received funding from the World Bank (WB) of over five million dollars to carry out a feasibility study for the construction of the future Meluli dam, which is about 30 kilometres from the city.
According to Mozambican newspaper Notícias, the funding is part of the programme outlined by the Mozambican government, called ‘Regional Projects for Climate Resilience’, a way found to definitively solve the water problem in several cities, with a focus on Nampula.
The general director of ARA Norte, Carlitos Omar, explained that the funding request document has already been sent to the World Bank.
“The construction of the reservoir is seen as an oxygen balloon, as it appears to be the definitive solution to the problem of water supply to the city of Nampula. If it is built, the infrastructure will be bathed by two rivers, an unmistakable proof that after its construction there will be no more shortage of water supply,” he explained.
Speaking specifically about the situation of the existing infrastructures in the region, Omar said that the hydrographical basins have taken on water at a considerable level, as a result of the rain that has been falling since the second half of last December. He also said that a World Bank team was due to be in Nampula over the next few days to see the site where the dam was planned.