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Southern Africa's Victoria Falls dries up due to climate crisis-fueled drought

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Victoria Falls, located along the Zambezi River on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, is one of southern Africa's natural wonders. You've probably seen photos of the natural waterfall beautifully cascading in the middle of a lush landscape — but unfortunately, Victoria Falls is almost unrecognizable at the moment due to a drought. Thanks to the climate crisis, Victoria Falls has completely dried up in many areas, leaving just a few trickles of water where there are usually cascading falls.

Before-and-after photos of Victoria Falls have been circulating the internet, comparing the falls in years past with the present day. As early as June 2019, the falls looked as lush as ever — but this month, the walls of the waterfall are bone-dry. 

Here are photos of the Victoria Falls in 1989 and in June 2019: