Water levels in Kavango and Zambezi rivers continue to rise

10 Jan 2017 07:10am
WINDHOEK, 10 JAN (NAMPA) – The water levels in the Okavango River continue to rise due to good rains received of late.
The latest flood bulletin of the Namibia Hydrological Service in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forest released on Monday showed that water levels at Nkurenkuru in the Kavango West Region increased over the weekend and currently stand at 3.13 metres.
At Rundu in the Kavango East Region, water levels increased from the 1.12 metres recorded last week to 5.41 metres this week.
According to the Namibia Meteorological Services Website, Nkurenkuru recorded rains of 106.0 millimetres (mm) from Wednesday to Sunday, while Rundu recorded 27.7 mm and Rundu Airport 20.8 mm.
The head of the Namibia Hydrological Service, Pauline Mufeti, upon inquiry on Monday said the levels are increasing as a result of good rains received in the area, which remain above normal.
The flood bulletin said the inflow into the Kavango and Zambezi Rivers are still increasing and are expected to rise in the coming days due to good rains received in their head water catchment areas within the Cuando-Cubango and Zambezi basins.
The water level for the Zambezi River at Katima Mulilo was 0.78m on 04 January 2017 and remains below normal for this time of the year.
The Southern African Development Committee Hydrological Cycle Observing System and Data Collection Platforms have also indicated that heavy rains are expected over the central and northern parts of Botswana.