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A day of heavy rains has left parts of southern Namibia suffering with flooding, and with a high risk of flash floods.
Key points:Rainfall is expected to increase over the coming daysRainfall totals have been estimated to rise to over 50cm in the area over the next few daysThe country’s first cyclone has already caused significant floodingThe cyclone, named the Eemu, is expected at the end of the week to make landfall.
It is expected that a cyclone with winds of 120km/h will be responsible for significant flooding in southern Namibian waters.
The heavy rains are likely to increase with the continued development of the country’s agricultural sector and the recent closure of some roads and bridges.
“We are now seeing the start of a new pattern of rain and the heavy rainfall that is coming out of the south, and that is a very bad signal to say the least,” Environment Minister Sumbi Ngare said.
“I am not going to give you the number, but the number of the cyclone and the risk of flooding, is very high.”
You need to be prepared for heavy rains, you need to prepare for heavy rainfalls.
“The Eemus are currently moving along the coast of the southern part of the Namib Desert and are expected to be heading for the Gulf of Aden in the coming weeks.
This is the first cyclones to make an impact in southern Africa in more than 20 years, with the previous high rainfall event occurring in 2005.
The cyclones that have affected southern Africa over the last 20 years include the cyclones of 2010 and 2012.