updates (08 Mar 2011):
The Tsondab River
is no longer flowing and the C19
is open again.
updates (03 Mar 2011): Walvis Bay - NamWater
has made significant progress in restoring the water supply inflow to 600m³/h. This positive development has enabled the Municipality to extend the water supply period up to 21:30 this evening. For the next few days the normal water supply will be opened from 06:00 to 21:30.
It has been reported that water from Angola
has reached the Northern regions of Namibia
, causing floods of the same magnitude as the past several years.
updates (02 Mar 2011): Hakusembe River Lodge
- the lodge is operating as normal; Impalila Island Lodge
- the lodge is operating as normal; Lianshulu Lodge
- the lodge is operating as normal; Namushasha Country Lodge
- the lodge is operating as normal. Follow the clearly marked detour signs; Ndhovu Safari Lodge
- the lodge is operating as normal, but is offering free seasonal boat transfers from the parking area to the lodge. The campsite is closed; Ntwala Island Lodge
- the lodge is operating as normal
Susuwe Island Lodge
- the lodge is operating as normal
updates (01 Mar 2011):
Storm-water drainage in Oshakati
was unable to cope with heavy rain on Sunday afternoon, causing small local floods in a number of informal settlements.
The Angolan Department of Water Affairs
at Ondjiva reported that much rain had been received in southern Angola
A new flood wave in Kavango River
has swamped Nkurenkuru
west of Rundu
. Water levels at Rundu
are steadily rising and are expected to rise up rapidly in the coming days.
Nasa Satellite images showed heavy rains for the central Oshana
, eastern Ohangwena
, Central Caprivi
and very heavy rains for the eastern Kavango Regions
The flow in the main Kuiseb River
was down to 0.74 meters at Schlesien
at Kuiseb Pass Bridge
updates (28 Feb 2011): Walvis Bay -
Water wil be re-opened between 18h00 and 21h30
this evening and from 06:00 to 11:30 tomorrow morning.
During the water closure periods, businesses and residents can still obtain water from the water points along 5th road
, at the Municipal Building
and Mautamenene Fire Station
and along Sam Nujoma Avenue
near Kruis Street
The water problem could be worse tomorrow because of another flood.
updates (24 Feb 2011):
Water levels at Katima Mulilo
have increased to 6.14m as at 22 Feb 2011. This is the level (6m-7m) at which the higher ground to which communities moved earlier in the rainfall season starts becoming inundated.
The Cuvelai Basin
, in particular the Oshakati area
, should be on alert for possible flooding from the north in the coming week.
updates (22 Feb 2011):
A new flood wave of more than 3.0 m arrived at the Kuiseb Pass Bridge
on 16 February 2011. The Namibia Hydrological Services
have teams in the area to monitor the situation and provide early warning to communities downstream.
As at 15 February 2011, the Zambezi River
at Katima Mulilo
stood at 5.4 m and is rising as expected, having increased by 82 cm since 08 February 2011. The forecast is still that water levels will stabilize around 6 m in the next 7-10 days. Inundation of the Caprivi region
usually starts when the Zambezi River
reaches about 3.5 m to 4 m at Katima Mulilo
. Such levels (3.5 m - 4 m) are an annual occurrence and communities living in these areas are used to this pattern and move to higher ground that is often isolated. Flooding of the higher ground can only occur when the levels exceed 6 m to 7 m, which could potentially lead to a humanitarian situation. [src.]
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According to the Meteorological Services Division in the Ministry of Works and Transport
there is a slightly more enhanced likelihood for above normal-to-normal rainfall in the regions of Caprivi, Kavango, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Oshana, Otjozondjupa, Omaheke, Hardap
. For the Kunene, Erongo and Karas regions
, normal to above-normal rainfall is still expected.
: Flows in westerly direction towards Lake Liambezi
are increasing at Ngoma Gate
. Flows in the same direction are also passing the Bukalo Bridge
in the Bukalo Channel
, while water levels in the Kwando River
have remained stable. The flows in the Kavango River
remain high. A flood has been reported at Shanalumono
in the main channel of the Cuvelai system
, but the flows must still reach Oshakati
. There have been no reports or indications of flood development in the main Cuvelai River
north of Ondjiva
, but heavy rains that fell on Saturday may start a flood. The Kunene River
is flowing high while flows in the Fish River
are slowly subsiding. [src.]
Big kudos to Namibian tourism info source tourbrief (and other online resources) for keeping us updated regarding the current rain/flood situation in Namibia! Thx!