#Environment: …Namibia, Zambezi Issues Flood Alert

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Windhoek — Thousands of villagers in the flood-prone Kabbe Constituency in the Zambezi Region are being advised to prepare themselves and their belongings for possible evacuation to higher ground as the water level is rising.

Villagers are being advised to evacuate to higher ground for their own safety, as there is a strong possibility of flooding if the water level continues to rise over the next two weeks.

Kabbe South Constituency Councillor John Likando, who assessed the water situation over the weekend, warned yesterday of the possibility of serious floods should heavy rains keep falling in the catchment areas of the Zambezi River.

Likando confirmed that the Zambezi is rising, but said the water is moving slowly. He said the water is running in streams leading to villages in the epicentre of the flood zone, such as Schuckmannsburg, Namiyundu, Nankuntwe, Muzii, Mpukano, Masiliki, Ivilivinzi, Lisikili, Imukusi and Nfoma.

Currently the level of the Zambezi stands at 1.73 metre, compared to 1.88 metre recorded over the corresponding period last year. By Thursday, it stood at 1.54 metre compared to 1.76 metre at this time last year.

Windhoek — Thousands of villagers in the flood-prone Kabbe Constituency in the Zambezi Region are being advised to prepare themselves and their belongings for possible evacuation to higher ground as the water level is rising.

Villagers are being advised to evacuate to higher ground for their own safety, as there is a strong possibility of flooding if the water level continues to rise over the next two weeks.

Kabbe South Constituency Councillor John Likando, who assessed the water situation over the weekend, warned yesterday of the possibility of serious floods should heavy rains keep falling in the catchment areas of the Zambezi River.

Likando confirmed that the Zambezi is rising, but said the water is moving slowly. He said the water is running in streams leading to villages in the epicentre of the flood zone, such as Schuckmannsburg, Namiyundu, Nankuntwe, Muzii, Mpukano, Masiliki, Ivilivinzi, Lisikili, Imukusi and Nfoma.

Currently the level of the Zambezi stands at 1.73 metre, compared to 1.88 metre recorded over the corresponding period last year. By Thursday, it stood at 1.54 metre compared to 1.76 metre at this time last year.

Mbala said in previous years the flooding started earlier and said this year’s floods are “very late”, and have not negatively affected many villages nor displaced the inhabitants, as in years past.

“The routes that come from Schuckmannsburg up to Muzii are closed, because they are next to the river, but the schools are not yet affected as vehicles can still access them. Even livestock are still grazing,” he observed.

In March 2014, close to 5 000 villagers affected by floods in both Kabbe Constituencies were evacuated to relocation camps on higher ground within the said constituencies. As roads become difficult to access, evacuation teams normally ferry villagers up to Mwandi Border Post in Zambia, from where the authorities transport them through Zambia to the Wenela border post to relocation camps in Zambezi.

The evacuation typically starts with learners, teachers and teaching materials, followed by other community members and their belongings.

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