9 January 2013

Namibia: Early Upstream Flood Wave in Kavango River

Photo: Hezron Ochiel/IRIN
File Photo of Children walking on submerged foot paths as a result of flash floods.

Windhoek — Good rains were recorded in the vicinity of the Kavango River in Namibia's northern border areas over the past 36 hour period, causing an early upstream flood wave.

The Namibian Meteorological Service in the Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry has announced that 43mm of rain was recorded at Mpacha Airport on Sunday, and another 30.8mm at Rundu. These were followed by light showers measuring 12.5mm and 12mm at both places on Monday. Light rain also fell in the Cuvelai delta and parts of the Caprivi Region.

The rising water levels in the Kavango and Zambezi rivers can be attributed to good rains in recent days. The level of the Zambezi River yesterday stood at 1.59 metres. The normal level of the river at this time of the year is 1.01 metres. The Kwando River at Kongola yesterday was 2.92 metres deep, compared to the 3.10 metre reading recorded at the same time last year.

The level of the Kavango River at Nkurenkuru stood at 1.89 metres and 5.64 metres at Rundu. The river's normal level for this time of year is 4.44 metre. The level of the Kunene River stood at 2.55 metres.

Meanwhile, the Namibia Meteorological Service indicated that the current heat wave over the central and southern parts of the country would continue to dominate with temperatures soaring to 37 and 38 degrees at Noordoewer, Mariental and Aroab. It said the interior would be partly cloudy and warm to hot with thundershowers and rain over the northern parts. The south will be very hot.

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