The situation in the Ruaha Park has changed slightly over the last 4 days. To my relief some water has miraculously arrived from the Usangu swamp (Ihefu). It is not much but it will clear out the very dirty water that has been stuck in the few remaining Hippo pools, however, I do not think that this water will reach the Mtera Dam. I don't expect this new flow wil last more than a month or if we are lucky, two.
The photo above is the river in February 2010, how the river SHOULD look at this time. The photo below is the CURRENT situation, on April 18th 2011.
The water is extremely dark brown almost black which indicates that it has been sitting in the swamp for a very long time with no movement, or fresh inflow of new water. Therefore, the flow into Ihefu Is so far, very small, we will know if the flow increases if the colour of the water becomes
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