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.
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.
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Contact Points in Namibia:
UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (UNDP)
Mr. Ojijo Odhiambo
UNDP Resident Representative
Phone : +2220.127.116.1138
Fax : +218.104.22.16803
Cellular phone : +264.81.4214165
E-mail : ojijo.odhiambo [at] undp.org
Coordinates of affected areas (AOI)
Geographical Coordinates for Charter activation request:
Lat 17° 20’ ” S
Long 15° 15‘ ” E
Lat 18° 15’ ” S
Long 16° 10’ ” E
International Charter Space and Major Disasters
Activation Request accepted: 01/04/2011
Requested by: UNOOSA on behalf of UNDP
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.
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