Floods in Namibia


Cuvelai Delta, Namibia
Mon, 28/03/2011

Namibia's President Pohamba declares floods emergency

Namibia's President Hifikepunye Pohamba has declared a state of emergency following serious flooding in the north of the southern African country.

More than 20 people are reported to have drowned and some 10,000 displaced, many from the town of Oshakati.

The BBC's Frauke Jensen in the capital Windhoek says livestock have been lost, crops destroyed and roads washed away.

There has been heavy rainfall since January, causing water levels to rise in the Zambezi and Okavango rivers.

Two years ago, more than 90 people were killed by floods in Namibia.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12913487

The flood already exceeds the 2009 flood, which was then considered to be the highest in known history. Reports from upstream (Angola) indicate that more water is expected and the Namibian Meteorological Services predicted more rains next week.





Email: un-spider [at] unoosa.org

Link: http://www.un-spider.org


Contact Points in Namibia:

Mr. Ojijo Odhiambo
UNDP Resident Representative

Phone : +
Fax : +
Cellular phone : +264.81.4214165
E-mail : ojijo.odhiambo [at] undp.org

Coordinates of affected areas (AOI)

Geographical Coordinates for Charter activation request:

Upper left
Lat 17° 20’ ” S
Long 15° 15‘ ” E
Lower right
Lat 18° 15’ ” S
Long 16° 10’ ” E

International Charter Space and Major Disasters

International Charter:

Activation Request accepted: 01/04/2011
Requested by: UNOOSA on behalf of UNDP
Link: http://www.disasterscharter.org/web/charter/activation_details?p_r_p_1415474252_assetId=ACT-360

Project Manager: Pacific Disaster Center

NASA experimental flood page


Satellite data has not been calibrated and validated and thus can not be deemed to be 100% accurate. Actions and decisions should not be based on this data. This data is presented as general overview information at this time.

Space-based resources


No Sensor Time (UTC) Area Type Status Remarks
1 EO-1 several Nothern Namibia pre-disaster delivered SensorWeb
2 MODIS daily Northern Namibia   delivered SensorWeb Flood Maps
3 MODIS 12/04/2011 Northern Namibia post-disaster delivered JPEG, GeoTIFF, KML
4 ALI 16/04/2011 Northern Namibia post-disaster delivered JPEG, GeoTIFF
5 MODIS 09/05/2011 Northern Namibia / Angola post-disaster delivered PDF
6 TRMM 05/05/2011 Southern Namibia / South Africa post-disaster delivered Graphic




UN Multimedia report on the situation in the flood affected areas: UNifeed


Situation Reports:

Reliefweb country updates www.reliefweb.int/rw/dbc.nsf/doc104

ReliefWeb.int. www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900sid/VVOS-8FHKB5

GDACS www.gdacs.org/reports.asp

Reuters Africa af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE73309B20110404




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