Nyangatom herders lead their cattle to the Omo River to drink. With Gibe III Dam holding back the river’s water, grasses for livestock grazing and soil moisture for crop production have diminished downstream for the indigenous tribal communities, spreading hunger in the lower Omo Valley. Photo: Alison M. Jones, courtesy of International Rivers.
This satellite image shows the filling of the reservoir behind the Gibe III Dam on the Omo River in Ethiopia. Photo: Landsat/courtesy of International Rivers
Scientists have warned that the lake could shrink dramatically with the completion of Gibe III.