Possible flooding in Zambezi Region

07 Mar 2014 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 07 MAR (NAMPA) - Residents in the flood-prone Kabbe Constituency of the Zambezi Region should be on high alert for possible flooding.
This warning was issued by the chairperson of the Zambezi Regional Disaster Risk Management Committee, Raphael Mbala in an interview with Nampa on Friday.
“I am speaking from experience. Once it rains in the south-western Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), south-eastern Angola as well as Zambia, the Zambezi River will rise, with possible flooding.
This is the time to bring cattle to higher ground before the water cuts off islands from the rest of the land,” he cautioned.
The Zambezi River is the longest and largest river in the southern African sub-region.
Its basin is shared by Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Flooding has hit communities along the banks of the Zambezi River in south-western Zambia and across the border in Namibia on several occasions.
The worst floods were reported during 2003, 2004 as well as 2009 and 2013, with thousands of people displaced here.
Meanwhile, most parts of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region are expected to receive normal rainfall, with above-normal rainfall from February to April 2014.
The SADC Climate Services’ Centre indicated in it is latest weather outlook that exceptions will be the north-eastern parts of Tanzania and the south-western parts of the SADC region which have biases towards below-normal rainfall.
“For the period February to April 2014, there is a high likelihood of normal to above-normal rainfall conditions over the bulk of the SADC region, including the island states; and normal to below-normal rainfall conditions in the north-western parts of the continent, as well as extreme south-west coastal parts of the SADC region,” it stressed.
According to the outlook, there was a largely late onset of rainfall over some parts of Namibia, Botswana and South Africa, which came in December 2013.
Despite this lateness in onset, there were significant rains over these areas and the rest of the SADC region.
Transient westerly troughs also spawned rain-bearing clouds, which contributed to the significant rainfall in much of Namibia, south-eastern Botswana and the northern provinces of South Africa.
Suppressed rainfall was, however, observed from the occasional high-pressure systems, especially over Malawi, northern Mozambique, eastern Zimbabwe, the northern parts of Zambia, north-east Angola and southern Tanzania.