Dam water levels continue to rise

31 Jan 2015 12:08pm
WINDHOEK, 31 JAN (NAMPA) –Water levels for Zambezi and Kavango rivers have been rising since a week ago, according to the Namibia Hydrological Services.
It stated on Thursday in its 'Namibia’s Flash Dashboard' that good rainfall has been falling in upstream located countries of Angola and Zambia for the past few weeks.
“With the continuing heavy rains in the neighbouring countries, the water levels are expected to continue rising. Although not an alarming situation currently, people are always, by nature, expected to be prepared during this time of the year for any hydro-meteorological eventuality that may occur,' the report stated.
The level of the Zambezi has especially been rising steadily at Katima Mulilo, although its is still below the average levels normally recorded during this time of the year.
this is due to the late summer rains, which resulted in much lower levels compared to previous years during the same time.
The Zambezi water level at Katima Mulilo stood at 1.44 meters compared to 1.87 meters the same period last year.
The Kavango River at Rundu currently stands at 5.64 meters and flows at levels approximately two meters lower as compared to that of 2010 and 201.
During this time of the year, the level was recorded at 7.50 meters in 2010 and 7.03 meters in 2011, according to the Hydrological Services.
In the year 2014, the level of the Okavango River was recorded at 4.77 meters during this time of the year, compared to 5.40 meters in 2013 and 6.74 meters recorded in 2012.
Most of the Cuvelai basin in southern Angola has been receiving good rainfall over the past days now after some many weeks of dry patches.
Smaller basins such as the typical Namib bound basins are generally susceptible to hydro-meteorological influences, unlike in the Kalahari were most of the rains are quickly lost in the deep sands.
“The central highlands have been receiving reasonable showers over the past few days, and some of the areas associated with such basins may continue to experience small localised floods, further disadvantaged by a relatively sharp drop in elevation,” the Hydrological Services noted.
According to satellite images, Kavango, Kwando, Zambezi, Cuito, Omatako, Cuvelai and Etosha received heavy showers, while Okavango is also particularly wet.
Considerable showers have also fallen in the upstream of Swakop and Kuiseb rivers in the central highlands, as well as over the Fish, Auob, Nossob, Huanib, and Huab Rivers, according to the Hydrological Services.