Efundja threat not that urgent yet: Hango

31 Mar 2014 18:50pm
OUTAPI, 31 MAR (NAMPA) - The Angolan-based Cuvelai River basin, which is the source of occasional efundja/flood water waves in northern Namibia, has not overflown yet.
This means it does not yet pose a flood threat to the northern regions of Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto, a hydrologist responsible for the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin in northern Namibia, Leonard Hango, told Nampa on Friday on the sidelines of the belated commemoration of World Wetlands Day and World Water Day at Outapi in the Omusati Region.
His comments follow a statement by Pauline Mufeti, the chief hydrologist at the Namibia Hydrological Services (NHS), who said during the same event that perennial rivers continue to rise significantly, and that flash floods could be expected to hit the north western and eastern parts of the country this week.
Hango noted that the floods which have led to the closure of several schools in the Omusati Region are mainly a result of a combination of localised rainfall and water coming from southern Angola, where heavy rainfall was experienced recently.
However, he indicated that floods are likely once the southern part of Angola in the vicinity of the Namibian border receives more heavy rainfall.
“We are working in close consultation with Angolan hydrologists at Ondjiva who informed us that there is a high possibility of Namibia experiencing floods if more heavy rains are received in Angola’s Cuvelai/Evale catchment areas,” Hango stated.
Iishana/pans prone to flooding in Namibia, such as Shanalumono, Shakambebe and Shahaingu, have not yet had inflows of floodwater from Angola, he noted.
Oshikuku, Ogongo, Okalongo and Outapi are the areas where flooding was experienced in iishana following good rains received recently in several parts of the Omusati Region.