Although floodwaters have generally started to recede, people displaced in the wake of this year’s floods in the Caprivi Region have not yet left the flood relocation camps.
The Governor of the Caprivi Region, Lawrence Sampofu, confirmed that the Zambezi River is no longer rising, but added that it is still not safe for affected families to return to their homes. There are about 12 000 people in the 13 relocation camps in the Caprivi Region. People are expected to leave the camps around July and August when the floodwaters would have subsided completely.
Sampofu says the affected families in the camps are doing well. “They are all doing well in terms of food, sanitation and water. There are no hiccups. Although schools in the camps are also closed, the learners are still there with their parents,” he said.
The Disaster Relief Emergency Fund of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies donated over N$2.7 million to support the Namibia Red Cross Society to deliver immediate assistance to 11 000 flood victims in Caprivi Region.
Two thousand five hundred (2 500) families received flood assistance, translating into 11 000 beneficiaries. The Disaster Relief Emergency Fund is a source of un-earmarked money created by the international federation to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency responses. Since January, heavy rains and rising water levels in the Zambezi River catchment area caused extensive flooding in the Caprivi Region, inundating homes, and infrastructure and crop fields.
According to a joint rapid assessment conducted by the government-led regional disaster risk management technical team (of which the Red Cross and Red Crescent is a part) in February, a total of 4 000 families (17 600 people), including 4 527 school children, were identified to be at risk of flooding if the flooding continued. As of March 11, 2013 up to 2 500 families (11 000 people) were identified as most vulnerable in the floodplains of the Caprivi Region and were evacuated to camps supported by the government.
|Fast Facts about Caprivi:|
|Total Area||14 785 sq. kilometres|
|Total Population||Approx. 91 000|
|Density||6.1 / sq. kilometres|
|Capital City||Katima Mulilo|
|Number of Regions in Namibia||13 (Caprivi is 1 of them)|
The Caprivi is a tropical area, with high temperatures and much rainfall during the December-to-March rainy season, making it the wettest region of Namibia. The terrain is mostly made up of swamps, floodplains, wetlands and woodland.
Regarding the current prevailing effects of drought countrywide, Sampofu said the region has also been hard hit. He said the distribution of drought relief supplies is currently in progress for all the affected communities in the region.
By: Albertina Nakale
Date: 8 May 2013