Tuesday, February 24, 2009

No end to the deluge in Namibia

AllAfrica.com, from the Namibian: Weeks of wet weather have left large parts of Namibia soaked so far this month - and more of the same can be expected this week. Rainfall conditions remain favourable for most of the country this week, weatherman Simon Dirkse told The Namibian yesterday.

He said the northern half of the country is expected to have a 60 per cent chance of rain up to Friday, while in the southern part of Namibia a 30 per cent chance for rain is forecast. A continuation of the wet weather appears set to push up rainfall totals in some areas of the country so far this rainy season to levels last seen during Namibia's near record wet season of 2005-06.

A large part of Mariental was flooded in early 2006, after a massive inflow of water into the Hardap Dam prompted the opening of the dam's gates and the release of water at a rate that overwhelmed the confines of the Fish River below the dam wall. With huge quantities of water flowing into the Hardap Dam from the dam's catchment area over the past two weeks, the dam's sluice gates were kept open over the weekend….

Rain clouds (last year) over Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek, Namibia, shot by Thomas.macmillan

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