From AFRED SHILONGO in Windhoek, Namibia
WINDHOEK, (CAJ News) – THOUSANDS of Namibians displaced by floods are living in dire conditions at camps housing the victims of the inclement weather.
Among these are 1 400 displaced by flooding in the Zambezi River, a situation that could worsen amid projections the water levels in Zambezi region could rise again and increase the number to 2 000 victims.
The fears come as more flood waves hit Namibia from Zambia.
The Red Cross reported the 1 410 people displaced by the river could not access some of the basic services such as health and education.
Most of the schools and health were inaccessible.
Displaced communities currently in relocation camps have limited access to proper accommodation, sanitation facilities, access to safe clean water, and lack of preventative items such as mosquito nets.
“This increases the likelihood of outbreak of diseases such as malaria and diarrhea thus putting the affected communities at more risk,” a Red Cross spokesperson said.
Overall, flooding displaced more than 2 500 Namibians.
Apart from the Zambezi river flooding, heavy rains within the Cuvelai River Basin in Angola and localized rainfalls in Oshana, Oshikoto, Ohangwena and Omusati earlier this year resulted in localised flooding.
Due to their forced displacements, most of the households require blankets, kitchen sets and hygiene kits, shelter, assistance with transport to relocation centres especially for women of child bearing age, access to improved sanitation and hygiene promotion.
There was also a need for facilitating the access to medication for children, pregnant and lactating mothers and People Living with HIV/AIDS.
– CAJ News