2008 Namibia floods

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2008 Namibia floods
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Map of Namibia
Duration February-March 2008
Fatalities at least 42 deaths
Areas affected
Northern Namibia, especially Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto

The 2008 Namibia floods began in early February 2008 and killed 42 people by early March. An estimated 250,000 people, primarily in the former Ovamboland regions of Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto, were left stranded without outside access except by helicopter, with another 65,000 facing displacement.[1] It was part of larger regional flooding across Southern Africa.[2] On 14 March, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs triggered the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" to help to the country battle a cholera outbreak.[3]

Deputy Prime Minister Libertine Amathila declared that the government would spend 65 million Namibian dollars to assist the displaced.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2008 - the year that was Namibia Economist, 19 December 2008
  2. ^ Floods in Namibia kill 42, displace thousands ABC News, March 5, 2008
  3. ^ United Nations Response to Combat Floods in Namibia United Nations Information Service, 14 March 2008