A poor rainy season which has left low water levels at Ethiopian dams may result in further power shortages, officials have warned. According to Bloomsberg News reports the 300MW Tekeze hydropower project in the drought-affected Tigray region is currently producing only 10MW. Technical faults experienced at a couple of hydropower plants have aggravated the situation further.

Severe water shortages are also being experienced at the 42MW Koka dam on the Awash River, and the 153MW Melka Wakena project in east Oromia.