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Heavy downpours leave trail of destruction, death in Namibia

By ANA Reporter Time of article published Mar 4, 2020

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Pretoria - Heavy downpours in Namibia have left a trail of destruction and a death toll of at least 12 people, The Namibian newspaper reported. 

Dam water levels in the sparsely-populated desert country had previously almost halved from low levels during the worst drought in more than 100 years. 

The massive downpour over the last few days has proved to be both a welcome relief, but also a tragedy for many, the Namibian said, with police reporting several cases of drowning and other accidents.

In one incident, the body of a woman was discovered floating in a water canal on Sunday. Authorities suspect the woman drowned in neighbouring Angola and her body was washed away to the Namibian side.

In February, a slight increase was recorded in dam levels across Namibia, providing some relief as the country and its neighbours in the Southern African Development Community region face food insecurity due to drought. 

Last year, Namibia enforced water restrictions in a bid to preserve water supply.

Although most of the country's northern regions have reportedly received high rainfall levels over the last few months, many residents continue to face severe food shortages and hunger, The Namibian said.

It cited a recently released integrated food security report showing that over 430,000 Namibians faced severe food insecurity. 

African News Agency (ANA)

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