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Heavy Flooding Along Namibia-Angola Border

March 16th, 2009 Category: Floods

Flooding along Namibia-Angola border - March 13th, 2009

Flooding along Namibia-Angola border - March 13th, 2009

Heavy rains have caused the Kunene River to flood on both sides of the Namibia-Angola border, which runs approximately through the center of the image.

The Kunene River flows from the Angola highlands south to the border with Namibia. It then flows west along the border until it reaches the Atlantic Ocean.

Six regions in northern Namibia (lower half of image) have been flooded. The Angolan Red Cross announced that around 25,000 people have lost their homes in southern Angola’s Cunene Province, and that about 125,000 total have been affected in that area.

The floods washed away not only homes, but also livestock, and roads and fields are covered by flood waters. Fears of cholera and malaria epidemics are also present.

The region is normally inundated every year during the rainy season, from December to April. However, more rain has fallen this year from December to mid-March than during the entire rainy season last year. More heavy downpours are expected over the next few days.

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