Namibia declares state of emergency
March 26 2009 at 09:20AM
By Frank Nyakairu
Lusaka – Zambia and Namibia face their worst floods in at least 40 years as rains swell the Zambezi River to record levels, destroying crops and swamping whole villages, disaster officials and aid workers said on Wednesday.
Zambia has put its air force on standby to airlift people to safety and Namibia has declared a state of emergency in flood-hit areas as waterways burst their banks in the narrow Caprivi Strip between Zambia and Botswana.
About 400 000 people have been affected on both sides of Namibia’s border with Angola alone, the international Red Cross movement said, adding that the number was likely to rise.
“We’ve heard some incredible stories,” Matthew Cochrane, a spokesperson for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said by telephone from [continue reading]