from AFRED SHILONGO in Windhoek, Namibia
WINDHOEK, (CAJ News) – AN outbreak of malaria blamed on flooding has left at least 18 people dead in northern Namibia.
The outbreak in the region bordering Angola and Zambia is the worst in recent years and affects Namibia’s goal to control and eliminate malaria by 2020.
The Kavango East, Kavango West, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana and Zambezi are bearing the brunt of the killer disease with the 18 deaths recorded there from about 12 000 cases reported.
This is more than triple the number recorded from the same period in 2015. The Southern African country this year received rain associated with La
Niña after four years of drought.
Heavy rains have caused flooding which has affected 156 000 people, displacing more than 3 000.
Floods caused destruction or damage to homes, schools, safe water supplies, latrines, health centres and economic infrastructure such as roads and bridges.
The ministry of agriculture, water and forestry has warned of further extension of the flooding in north-central Namibia.
Regional institutions have been alerted and have put contingency measures in place to address those already affected and those who remain vulnerable as the river levels are expected to rise over the next few weeks.
– CAJ News