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Aug 20, 2018 | Southern African Development Community
Following heavy rainfall in Angola a second flood wave could swamp northern Namibia in the next four days, confirmed a hydrologist responsible for the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin in Namibia.
Leonard Hango said Ondjiva is currently under water and it is expected the flood that hit Ondjiva will spill over into Namibia.
“Efundja is on its way, it has been recorded in Angola, but it is yet to overflow into Namibia,” said the Cuvelai-Etosha basin hydrologist.
Ondjiva is located about 45 km from Oshikango.
Soon after communities in the northern part of the country were warned by the Namibia Hydrological Services to prepare for the seasonal floods from Angola, the floods, locally known as efundja, have arrived. This followed the heavy rainfall in southern Angola.
Although efundja results in devastating flooding that causes damage to road infrastructure, property, the displacement of people from their homes and at times loss of income to businesses, it has also been a blessing in disguise for communities.
Ongwediva-Good rains are expected over Southern Africa as from the beginning of February as the disruptive tropical cyclone, Ava, finally clears up from the Mozambican coast.
Initially weather forecasters had predicted normal to above normal rainfall for Namibia and other countries in the SADC region between January and March 2018.
The management of Osire Secondary School has appealed to the government to introduce a school feeding programme at Osire refugee centre to minimize hunger-induced absenteeism among refugee learners.
Acting principal of the school, Christine Machina, last Friday said the reduction in food rations at the centre have led to high absenteeism among learners.
WINDHOEK - The Angolan Embassy in Namibia says the over 3000 former Angolan refugees who voluntarily repatriated from Namibia have reintegrated and have started engaging in business to help construct the oil-rich country that endured a bitter civil war.
The Angolan conflict only ended in 2002 after the death of rebel leader Jonas Savimbi.
WINDHOEK- More than 3000 Angolan refugees in Namibia have been repatriated back to their country, after their classification of refugee status ended.
Namibian Commissioner for Refugees, Nkrumah Mushelenga confirmed the repartriation of all Angolan refugees, after he had earlier issued an ultimatum for all Angolans to leave Osire by March this year.
Their repatriation is a result of the invocation of the cessation clauses entered into force on June 30, 2012 on the basis that Angola has enjoyed many years of peace and stability after bitter civil wars.
A decrease in rainfall has been recorded over Southern Africa during the past week.
A favorable start of the March-May season has been observed over the Greater Horn of Africa.
Significantly heavy and well distributed rainfall fell across much of southern Africa, leading to an increased risk for flooding in the Caprivi Strip region, while alleviating many anomalously dry conditions further east.
1) Portions of Tanzania have experienced below average seasonal rainfall since late November. Poorly distributed rains since early December has led to developing dry conditions in the Morogoro and Pwani provinces further east. The anomalous dryness has already negatively impacted vegetation conditions in the region.
Rainfall is erratic and below normal in areas with September/October onset
• The season began in several parts of the region, with below normal rainfall being received in the south-western and north-eastern parts of the region.
• While awaiting the onset of rains expected in November and December, dry conditions from the last two seasons have persisted in parts of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
Dry conditions from past two seasons affecting water and pasture conditions
• The dry conditions of the last two seasons have resulted in a poor water situation and poor pasture conditions in parts of the region including Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Normal to above- normal rainfall will be required this season to offset these water deficits.
International response to the pleas for aid aimed at Namibia's drought-stricken communities have fallen short
The people most affected by Namibia's drought are in the northern rural areas, which are also the most impoverished.
ONGWEDIVA – The Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) has been providing meals to needy, vulnerable children in Opuwo since August.
NRCS regional manager for Kunene that caters for Opuwo, Kakarandua Mutambo says two soup kitchens were established to reduce malnutrition cases in the region.
Although the primary beneficiaries are children under the age of five, the programme caters for over 300 people among them adults.
JOHANNESBURG/WINDHOEK/LUANDA, 15 August 2013 – As one of the worst droughts in 30 years grips the southern African countries of Angola and Namibia, the threat of hunger, malnutrition, disease and lost livelihoods is growing.
Overview 2012/13 Crop Production Season
• Regional cereal harvest increased by 0.2% from 35.02 million tonnes in 2012 to 35.11 million tonnes in 2013 and is 5% above the five year average;
• Compared to 2012, all countries experienced an increase in cereal production except Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe;
• Production of non-cereal food crops (roots and tuber crops, bananas, plantains and pulses) continue to increase in Angola, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.
An estimated 780,000 people – approximately one third of Namibia’s entire population – are now classified as food insecure. Of these, 330,000 people are in need of urgent support, according to the Government, which declared a state of emergency on 17 May.
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ONGWEDIVA - Namibian health workers are frantically trying to contain the outbreak of cholera in Angola from spreading to the Kunene Region in Namibia.
Three people have so far been admitted and treated for the highly contagious disease in the far north-western Kunene Region.
The victims – all Angola nationals – were individually admitted to Opuwo District Hospital since June 30 this year.
The United Nations Children fund (UNICEF) is appealing for nearly $22 million to support populations affected by the ongoing severe drought in Namibia and Angola.
UNICEF says although the emergency is in the early stages, it is expected to deteriorate and urgent assistance is needed to support affected populations particularly women and children, to avert a nutritional and health crisis in both countries.