WINDHOEK: The Zambezi River keeps rising, and the water level in Katima Mulilo has now reached the 5.50 metre mark.
The Head of the Namibian Hydrological Services, Guido van Langenhove said in a media statement issued yesterday that there are no reports of good rains in Namibia, but better rains are experienced further north in western Angola and eastern Zambia as well as in the catchments of the Kwando and Zambezi rivers.
He said this is the maximum level reached at the beginning of April in an average rainfall year, adding that there is no indication of a major flood developing at this stage in the Zambezi River.
The United Nations’ Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest flood situation report that the level of 4.82 metres reached by the Zambezi River as of 31 January 2013 is the highest since 31 January 1980, which turned out to be a year with a fairly normal maximum water level.
A large portion of the floods in mainland southern Africa are caused by the Zambezi River, which is the longest and largest river in southern Africa.