As the saying goes, after the storm comes calm. And, despite having caused people to fear the worst, Hurricane Fred caused relatively little damage, but did bring hope to the eyes of Cape Verdeans, especially those living in agricultural areas. On the island of Santiago, the storm winds were relatively light, but the rain the hurricane brought moistened fields and filled the island’s normally dry streambeds. Most of the island’s hydraulic infrastructures have already seen a considerable amount of water accumulate in their respective reservoirs, but the first dam to overflow was Faveta.
Faveta “is the only dam that has overflowed so far. It has been proven that the dam was indeed a very well-thought-out project by the government, and is the largest infrastructure ever built in the municipality of São Salvador do Mundo. The dam has overflowed two years in a row. Last year, it was in September, and now the same has happened, which shows that we have a significant water flow in Faveta valley. We’re all very happy,” said São Salvador do Mundo mayor João Baptista Pereira.
The mayor of São Salvador do Mundo is, however, concerned with the delay in the implementation of a 70 million-escudo agricultural program promised by the government to develop the sector in the municipality. “My wish is that this project is finally implemented so that water can be brought not only to neighboring plots of land, but also to higher zones such as Achada Igreja, as well as other properties,” said Pereira, in whose opinion there would be a large green area in the municipality despite the 2014 drought if the project had been implemented since last year.
On the island of Santo Antão, the Canto da Cagarra reservoir in the Garça Valley is practically full, with the water level just three meters from the top of the dam. Forecasts are predicting more rain in the coming days. The infrastructure has the capacity to store 1,118,000 cubic meters of water – 418,000 on the surface and 700,000 in its underground portion. The water retained will benefit some 200 farmers on approximately 50 hectares of land.