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Okavango facts

The combined population of people in the Cubango - Okavango basin in 2000 was 1,113,000; of these, 76% resided in Angola, 13% in Namibia, and 11% in Botswana. Even taking into account mortality from HIV/AIDS and other diseases, the population is expected to increase to 1,686,000 by 2020.

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Namibia Monitoring Reports

Environmental monitoring reports from the Namibian basin.

Populations affected by flooding on the Kavango River, April 2011,  as mapped by the UN OCHA Office for Eastern and Southern Africa.
Populations affected by flooding on the Kavango River, April 2011, as mapped by the UN OCHA Office for Eastern and Southern Africa.
Namibia's Department of Water Affairs in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry is responsible for monitoring the flow and quality of water in the Kavango River. The department tracks floods in the country's major rivers during the rainy season in cooperation with the Department of Disaster Relief for national response when flood waters threaten human settlements.

Disaster prevention and preparedness in Namibia is guided by the Namibian National Disaster Risk Management Policy. A draft Disaster Management Bill based on the principles of the policy has been produced and is expected to be promulgated as an Act in the near future. At the core of the National Disaster Risk Management Policy is the establishment of the National Disaster Risk Management System in the Office of the Prime Minister, replacing the previous National Emergency Management System. Responsibilities for disaster management are allocated throughout all spheres of government from national to local level through the National Disaster Risk Management Committee, the Directorate of Disaster Risk Management, Regional Disaster Management Committees, the Constituency Disaster Risk Management Committees, the Local Authority Disaster Risk Management System and the Settlement Disaster Risk Management Committees.

International agencies such as the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) also monitor floods to ensure quick international disaster relief response.

Namibia Government Flood Bulletins Archive

Namibia Directorate of Disaster Risk Management Flood Information Bulletin

ReliefWeb Flood Reports for Namibia

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