Floods Affect Thousands of People in Zambia and Zimbabwe

An estimated 15,000 people from 3,500 households have been affected by flooding in Southern Province in Zambia over the last few days.

The country’s Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) said that, as of 17 January 2022, flooding had affected wide areas of Namwala District, Southern Province, which is situated close to the Kafue River. Flooding has inundated land and homes and disrupted the lives of at least 3,000 households.

The Red Cross also reported flooding in Choma district of Southern Province, close to Lake Kariba and the border with Zimbabwe. Around 500 families are thought to be affected and 110 households displaced.

Flooding has cut road access in parts of both districts, making it impossible for some affected families to relocate. Red Cross said affected communities are in immediate need of food, shelter, blankets, sleeping mats and mosquito nets, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) items.

DDMU issued warnings for heavy rain and flash floods on 13 January 2022, with heavy rainfall expected to continue until at least 23 January.

“According to the forecast, the InterTropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) is expected to move over southern parts of Zambia triggering storm development over North-western, Luapula, Eastern, Central, Copperbelt, Lusaka, Southern, and Western provinces. This is likely to cause continuous rainfall and in some cases heavy falls leading to flash floods and floods in low lying areas,” DDMU said.

Zimbabwe

Flash flooding also recently caused damage to homes in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, situated on the border with Zambia and about 200km south west of Choma.

Media reported houses were destroyed after heavy rain that began 07 January 2022. Some roads were washed away and a bridge damaged. No fatalities were reported.

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