A state of emergency has been declared in multiple states as several tornadoes have already struck. Last year, around the same time of the year, Namibia has been affected by a series of floods. Namibia has been affected by a new series of floods that hit six regions in the North East and North West of the country on 4 March. The Namibia Red Cross Society (NRC) is working with the Government Emergency Management Unit to limit the consequences on affected communities.
Thousands of blankets, tents, hygiene kits and water purification units are being rushed to communities that have been displaced. The NRC is also assisting in the relocation of communities that have been stranded as a result of the heavy flooding of the rivers.
Intensive downpours from the neighbouring country, Angola, had a direct impact in Namibia, with extensive destruction of houses and schools, causing several deaths, thousands of displacements, loss of domestic animals and destruction of farmlands.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 190 member National Societies.
The International Monetary Fund has approved an emergency loan of $23m to Malawi to help it buy food imports in anticipation of serious shortages later this year.
The IMF said starvation and malnutrition were already widespread in Malawi because of crop failures earlier this year, and decisive action was required.
Some 3.2 million people are faced with the threat of starvation in Malawi - one of seven southern African countries hit this year by famine resulting from drought and poor management of food stocks and agriculture. International relief agencies estimate that 13 million people in Malawi, Angola, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe are facing starvation.
In Malawi, the effects of the drought were made worse by the selling of a grain surplus in 2001, which reduced the stocks available to cope with shortages this year. The Fund rejects this explanation and says it simply agreed with the recommendations of a Malawian Government study on food stocks, according to the Associated Press news agency.


The IMF loan to Malawi will be used to import grain and other foodstuffs "to prevent large shortages expected later this year". Malawi will need to import 350,000 tons of maize this year and aid agencies are expected to supply a further 210,000 tons of grain.
The IMF Managing Director, Horst Kohler, has called on donor countries to come forward with more aid for Malawi and other drought-stricken countries in the region. One fifth of Malawians are HIV positive and life expectancy has fallen from 60 to under 40 years.
But this year, malnutrition rendered people more vulnerable and 33,000 cases and 1,000 deaths were reported by the Malawian Ministry of Health. The lack of access to clean water, particularly in rural areas, is a major factor in the annual cholera outbreaks. The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein. Mozambique's army has been ordered to evict some 2,500 people who refuse to leave their homes despite the floods.
Prime Minister Luisa Diogo said the floods could be worse than those of 2000 and 2001 but she said the country was now better prepared. Strong winds, heavy rains and flooding have so far claimed at least 29 lives, destroyed more than 4,600 houses, 100 classrooms and four health centres.
The BBC's Jose Tembe in the capital, Maputo, says people want to stay to protect their homes, crops and animals. The situation is worst in the country's central region where the Zambezi River and its tributaries - the Shire and Revubue - have become swollen with surging waters from neighbouring Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique's National Disasters Management Institute director Paulo Zucula says some 46,500 people could be affected.


The relief agency has set up an operations centre in the central town of Caia and has boats and helicopters on hand to rescue anyone trapped by the rising waters. The agency had made contingency plans for dealing with serious flooding this rainy season, and had put aside tents, blankets, chlorine for purifying drinking water, and other relief goods at key positions. The NRC is currently conducting an assessment of the needs and has also brought emergency relief assistance. Donations of these essential items have been received from other Red Cross societies, companies and individuals and distributed by Namibia Red Cross.
It is estimated that 12,000 people have been displaced or stranded after unusually heavy rains, which have affected the whole region, causing the normally dry floodplains to flood, washing away roads and bridges.
Most of the victims were either young children or old people trying to cross the floodplains at night. In partnership with the Regional Council and the Ministry of Education, the NRC is providing temporary shelter for Kabbe School, which has been surrounded by water. The effects of continued rains may create further flooding and a need for more evacuations. In January, it had warned that rains could continue until April, causing severe flooding in some areas. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.
The Namibia Red Cross is continuously assessing the situation with authorities and other stakeholders, but is in immediate need of relief supplies.



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