This Dam Wall Has Bodies Buried In It

by Candice Land
kariba dam wall

Believe it or not, this dam wall has 18 bodies buried in it. How did that come to be?

The story of Lake Kariba and the Kariba Dam wall is one full of history. The dam was built with the purpose and intention of providing electricity to both Zambia and Zimbabwe. Today, more than 60 years later, both countries still rely heavily on the dam’s two hydroelectric power stations for energy.

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However, the story is not that simple. When the wall was first being constructed, two major floods wrecked a lot of havoc. It led to wildlife rescue missions, such as Operation Noah, and the death of many people.

To this day, there is still superstition that the floods were caused by the wrath of the Nyami Nyami (the Tonga tribe’s river god) due to his upset of the dam being built.

Music credit:
* Perséphone – Retro Funky (SUNDANCE remix)

Footage credit:
* memoriesofrhodesia – Rhodesian Spotlight: Operation Noah
* British Pathé – Flood Damages Kariba Dam (1958)

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