Botswana: Floods - Feb 2018
Above normal rainfall has been experienced in Mashonaland Central province of Botswana since 23 February 2018. The current rainy season, which started in February, is expected to continue until the end of March 2018. The drastic weather change has resulted in torrential rains that have already affected the district causing displacement, damage to property and a risk of an outbreak of water borne and vector related disease. According to the Department of Meteorology Services, rainfall amounts range between 120-192mm, with a report of dams over spilling causing floods in the neighbouring villages of the Tutume sub district. They also report that the water levels will increase as the rainfall continues until the end of March. (IFRC, 22 Mar 2018)
Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:
Cereal production during the upcoming harvest season in Southern Africa is expected to be below average, despite the heavy late rains, which benefitted the late planted crops. This is due to a late start of the rainy season, minimal to no rains during the critical planting season (December -January), high temperatures and the prevalence of Fall Armyworm (FAW).
It’s a sunny day at Gweta, a small village in Botswana. Dipogiso Kelatlhegetswe bends down to clean her temporary shelter at an evacuation camp set aside by the Botswana Red Cross. Standing adjacent, her two children watch their mother maneuver the place they now call home.
“I never thought that rains would destroy my house. When it happened, I was worried about my children being homeless,” says Kelatlhegetswe, who together with her neighbours watched as their houses washed away by the heavy rainfall that poured into the village.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster