Namibia – Overflowing Zambezi River Leaves Communities Cut Off

Local media in Namibia report that flooding from the Zambezi river has left communities isolated in parts of the Zambezi Region.

Levels of the Zambezi river have increased as a result of heavy rains in neighbouring countries of Zambia and Angola.

Local officials said that flooding has left communities in Kabbe South area isolated and have urged residents to move to higher ground. No casualties or injuries have been reported.

Governor of the region, Lawrence Sampofu, told the New Era newspaper: “We received from last week Thursday. Even last night it rained heavy in Katima. The Zambezi River started rising early this month. It’s already flowing some water in the flood-prone areas. It means floods are coming. The floods seem to have come too early. It seems its raining heavy in Zambia and Angola which is causing floods. That’s why we have floods in some areas which are already not reachable.”

Heavy rain in northern and central areas of the country caused flooding in December 2019, when at least 1 person died in in flash floods in Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region of Namibia on 04 December, 2019.