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21 Jul 2011 description
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by Francis Xoagub

OSHAKATI – A team of experts has found evidence of looming food shortages as a result of devastating floods which destroyed homes and crops in flood-affected regions of the north this year.

The former Flood Emergency Management Coordination Office (FEMCO) Coordinator and Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Colonel Clement Mwala revealed this recently.

The FEMCO office officially closed on June 30.

28 Jun 2011 description
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by Magreth Nunuhe

OSIRE - Most Angolan refugees at Osire are adamant that they would not go back home when the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) applies the Cessation Clause on that country at the end of this year.

The refugees are urging the Namibian Government to consider other alternatives than send them home.

A spokesman for the refugees, Aderito Kalimbi, said they need help from the Namibian Government so that they are not taken back to Angola.

14 Jun 2011 description
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OSHAKATI – The Oshana Regional Council will continue to help flood victims even after they return to their homes. This came to light during a Regional Disaster Risk Management Committee (RDRMC) meeting at the Oshana Regional Council offices last week.

13 Jun 2011 description
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by Albertina Nakale

WINDHOEK – Namib Mills through its Polana Flood Relief initiative recently provided a pasta meal to more than 1 800 flood victims in the north. The north and north-east regions were hard hit by this year’s heavy and devastating floods that displaced thousands.

06 Jun 2011 description
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by Francis Xoagub

OSHAKATI – The Flood Emergency Coordinating Office (FEMCO) has reported that the situation in the north-central regions, which were hit by the worst floods in decades, is returning to normal.

26 May 2011 description
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by Mathias Haufiku

WINDHOEK – The Embassy of France in Namibia has donated N$490 000 for the purchase and distribution of basic humanitarian needs for flood victims.

The donation will go towards water sanitation and health care for Namibians severely affected by floods in the north and northeastern parts of the country.

During the handover ceremony, the Ambassador of France to Namibia, Jean-Louis Zoel, conveyed the sympathy and condolences of the people of France.

29 Apr 2011 description
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By Francis Xoagub

OSHAKATI – A showdown is looming between the Flood Emergency Coordinating Office (FEMCO) and the Oshana Regional Disaster Management Committee (RDRMC).

It has since emerged that the N$30 million allocated for floods is not being adequately utilized and that this could be the bone of contention. This revelation came to light at a weekly Regional Disaster Risk Management Committee meeting at the Oshana Regional offices on Wednesday.

15 Apr 2011 description
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WINDHOEK – A group of former members of parliament and retired politicians is working around the clock to solicit financial and material support for the 220 000 flood victims across the country.

The group consists of, among others, retired former deputy Prime Minister Dr Libertina Amathila, former Minister of Works and Transport Helmuth Angula, his then deputy Paul Smit, retired former Prisons Minister Andimba Toivo ya Toivo and former DTA Member of Parliament Johan de Waal.

12 Apr 2011 description
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by Francis Xoagub

OSHAKATI – In the aftermath of this year’s floods in the north and north-eastern parts of Namibia, many private businesses have opened their wallets to donate to thousands of displaced families.

The latest businesses to respond to the call by Government to assist in flood relief efforts are Goal Maize and Moola Mobile that donated maize meal and blankets worth N$20 000 to the newly established Flood Emergency Management Coordination Office (FEMCO) in Oshakati.

09 Apr 2011 description
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by Mathias Haufiku

WINDHOEK – No life has been lost due to floods in the Caprivi Region despite the severity of the floods in some of the flooded areas.

In a telephonic interview, Governor of the Caprivi Region Lawrence Sampofu, confirmed that no deaths have been recorded as a result of the recent floods. The Governor said since last week Thursday, the level of water in the Zambezi River has been fluctuating between 1cm to 3cm a day.

30 Mar 2011 description
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WINDHOEK - Many business operations have come to a standstill while subsistence farmers are likely to experience serious hunger this year, as rain and flood water in the north and north-east regions of the country reach "disastrous levels never experienced in recent memory".

The exact losses are yet to be tabulated but so far, business owners estimate the losses to amount to millions of dollars in damages to properties, merchandises and loss of business in Oshana and Ohangwena regions, where floods have displaced about 2000 people.

Mahangu fields are under water in …

25 Mar 2011 description
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by Helvy Shaanika

OSHAKATI - Teaching was suspended indefinitely in at least 120 schools in the four northern regions because the institutions are now flooded.

Recent heavy downpours caused flooding at numerous schools endangering the lives of school-going children on a daily basis.

The total figure of the affected schools could be much higher as the figure of 120 schools is based on data compiled only on Wednesday.

The affected schools are in the regions of Oshana, Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Omusati.

Omusati has more schools affected by the floods as by Wednesday the figure …

23 Feb 2011 description
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OSHAKATI - A hydrologist at the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has issued a warning that floods might hit northern Namibia very soon.

Hydrologist Leonard Hango said because of heavy rains received in the Cuvelai catchment area since Friday, water in the Cuvelai system has connected to the water at the Namibian-Angolan border.

He said satellite images also show that heavy rains continue to pour all over southern Angola. This might cause the Cuvelai River to overflow.

31 Jan 2011 description
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WINDHOEK - With heavy rains reported countrywide, the Namibia Red Cross Society says the Orange River has risen to 8.90 m, causing damage and posing a health hazard to many families.

It is predicted that the river may reach a maximum of 9m.

Flooding in the south recently affected many people in Aussenkehr.

24 Jan 2011 description
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by Fifi Rhodes

WINDHOEK - The first flood wave in Kavango pushed the Kavango River up its peak over the weekend .

The Zambezi River keeps on rising at Katima Mulilo with the present level being very high for this time of the year.

21 Jan 2011 description
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by Albertina Nakale

WINDHOEK - Namibia Dairies yesterday donated water bottles worth N$10 000 to flood victims at Aussenkehr through the Office of the Prime Minister's Emergency Management Unit.

The donation is intended to ensure flood victims at Aussenkehr receive clean drinking water following recent floods.

Many of the families at Aussenkehr were forced out of their shacks after police alerted them about the rising Orange River in the south, leaving them with no clean drinking water.

Cassius Moetie, Manager of Corporate Affairs at Namibia Dairies, said they felt obliged …