Botswana: Floods - Office of the Resident Coordinator Situation Report No. 1

Report
from UN Resident Coordinator in Botswana
Published on 31 Jan 2013

Highlights

Due to heavy rainfall, flooding occurred in the North-West, North-East, and parts of Central district between the 16th -20 th of January 2013.

  • The flooding affected 842 households, including 32 households in Dukwi Refugee Camp.

  • There are unconfirmed reports that two people died in the floods.

  • The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) in the Office of the President together with the Botswana Red Cross Society (BCRS), has addressed immediate needs while UNHCR and their partners have arranged temporary shelter and relief items for the affected refugees.

  • NDMO has distributed mainly tents and food baskets, while BRCS has distributed tarpaulins, family tents, shelter tool kits, kitchen sets, mosquito nets, blankets

  • The prepositioned stocks of both NDMO and BRCS in the affected areas are now depleted, and there is an urgent need to replenish stock in the light of impending rains.

  • Contingency planning for further rains is underway between NDMO, BRCS and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in light of the supply shortfall.

  • Most of the flood-affected communities are among those currently experiencing an army worm and quelea bird outbreak, which has affected several districts. These outbreaks will negatively impact food security in the country.

  • Internally displaced persons have since returned to their homes.