Evacuations After Floods in Zambezi, Namibia

Heavy rainfall has left villages in two constituencies in the Zambezi region of Namibia suffering from flooding for over a week.

The areas currently affected are Sibbinda and Linyanti, both of which rarely see flooding. In fact local media say this is only the third occurrence of flooding in the area since 1978. Around 20 villages in Makolonga have also been flooded.

The Zambezi Regional Council, in partnership with the Red Cross, are providing aid and relief, including mosquito nets, drinking water and temporary accommodation, for those affected.

The heavy rainfall is expected to continue and it is feared that more villages will soon be affetced. There have also been some media reports that the Omusati region in the north of Namibia is also being affected by flooding.

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File photo; Zambezi from the air. Photo by  Paul Kane / pk2004 @ flickr
File photo; Zambezi from the air. Photo by
Paul Kane / pk2004 @ flickr

Source: New Era Namibia.

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