Namibia Floods Situation Report # 7 - 23 May 2011



•Water levels continue to recede and are presently stabilising at 1.06 m = 37 m3/s and some displaced people are beginning to return to their villages.

• The risk of communicable diseases outbreaks remains high due to stagnant water, poor sanitation and inadequate access to potable water.

• 17,635 diarrhoea cases have been reported within the period of January-April 2011 in the regions of Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshikoto, Caprivi and Kavango compared to 21,997 in the same period in 2010. Twenty per cent of health outreach points remain inaccessible and a further 10% of health facilities remain completely cut-off due to inaccessible roads.

• The education of over 120,000 learners has been affected by the floods. This includes 1,091 learners who are in relocation centres, 10,017 learners who are staying in camps at their respective schools, 80,163 learners who are not attending school at all and others who face difficulties in accessing their school.