Monday, March 16, 2009

Flooding in Angola

Climate Change Corp: Severe floods in southern Angola have left thousands homeless, leaving the dangerous threat of disease outbreak Flooding is reportedly worse than last year's in the Cunene province, where 25,000 people were left homeless and several villages were cut off. Heavy rainfall is continuing and local authorities are concerned because rivers in the Cunene region, on the Namibian border, continue to rise.

Thousands of acres of farmland have been destroyed and livestock drowned and many of the locations affected are only accessible by boat due to the destruction of roads. But the main threat, according to the local Red Cross general, is the threat for water-borne diseases such as malaria and cholera, and getting sufficient supplies into the area is key to prevent such an outbreak. However, cut-off roads from the flooding may make such a task arduous…

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