Heavy rainfall causes damages in Botswana

Botswana weather chartHeavy rainfall causes severe damage to roads and bridges in the Northern parts of Botswana. The rain is not going to stop shortly in Botswana and the surrounding countries. People are warned to bring them selves in safety. 

According to the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), Masunga, Dukwi Refugee Camp, Nata, Mosetse, Zoroga, Malelejwe, Makalamabedi, Tsau and Maun are among the severely affected areas by the rain. It is said that the heavy downpours led to the destruction of some residential property and public infrastructures during the past few days.

With more rain expected and an increased likelihood of more people being affected, the NDMO has urged the public in the affected areas to move to higher ground when the situation in their villages shows signs of deteriorating. The public is also advised to adhere to messages from the District Commissioner’s office on the possible flooding or evacuation.

Response teams from the District Disaster Management Committees in the affected areas are reported to be currently out in the field conducting rapid needs assessments to determine the extent of the damage and provide immediate relief to the affected people in parts of Botswana.
Members of the public are further urged to listen to their radios and watch TV weather bulletins and spot announcements on possible flooding in their areas.

The situation is contrary to the end of 2012, when especially farmers were frustrated about the monsoon’s late arrival, which in earlier years damaged crops.

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