WINDHOEK: Drought conditions are persisting in Namibia, and concern is particularly rising over crop and grazing conditions, with the possible exception of the north-eastern parts of the country.
The Namibia Meteorological Services (NMS) issued a warning yesterday that January was dominated by very dry conditions over the greater part of Namibia, with patches of moderate rainfall only in the north-eastern parts of the country, mainly during the first half of the month.
The cumulative performance (as at 31 January 2013) also depicts below-normal levels of performance in the greater part of the country, with patches of near-normal to above-normal rainfall only in the north-eastern, and to a lesser extent northern parts of the country, it stated.
NMS said in its ‘Namibia rainfall performance at specific places for the month of January 2013’ report that little cloud cover for most of the month resulted in high temperatures, amplifying the rainfall deficiencies to conditions reminiscent of drought in many places.
For most places in the southern half of the country and for the Windhoek area in particular, January 2013 has had the lowest rainfall since 1996.
So far, there have also been no reports of floods and inflows into dams in the interior of the country in the 2012/13 rainy season, Head of the Namibian Hydrological Services, Guido van Langenhove, said in a media statement also issued yesterday.