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Flood reaches Oshana and Omusati

Flood reaches Oshana and Omusati

Staff Reporter

THE three northern regions of Ohangwena, Oshana and Omusati are a beehive of activities with regional, local and traditional authorities preparing for the possible worsening of the flood situation.

Floodwater reached the Ohangwena Region from Angola during the past weekend after heavy rains caused flooding conditions in the Cuvelai catchment area of the southern Cunene province of Angola.

The level of the floodwater is still rising and flowing very fast southwards, having now reached Omusati and Oshana regions.
The floodwater is expected to reach Oshakati and Ongwediva today or tomorrow at the latest.
Officials are holding meetings and monitoring the flood as it penetrates deeper inland.



The respective regional councils and local and traditional authorities revealed that they have taken the necessary precautionary measures and are prepared to relocate to high ground those who might be affected and provide them with temporary shelter.

Sources in the southern parts of Angola are reporting that a huge mass of water is still flowing southwards.
Residents of the flood-prone areas fear that, with the floodwater still flowing in from Angola, any significant rainfall in northern parts of Namibia would drastically worsen the flood situation.

According to the weather forecast for 19 to 27 January, the northern and central parts of Namibia are likely to receive moderate to heavy rains, while some eastern and southern parts of the country are likely to receive moderate to light showers.


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