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Blue skies, dry scenery – but the danger of floods is lurking

10. May 2017 inke - Weather, Environment

2017 has brought good rainfalls to large parts of Namibia. In places the rain was even above average and the gift from above was a great relief for the whole country. For some, however, it had disastrous consequences – especially in areas where the landscape hadn’t seen a drop of rain yet and was still suffering from the drought. A young couple from Austria, on their first visit to Namibia, had to sit tight in a spiky Ana tree amidst the whirling muddy floods of the Omaruru River for six hours until a police helicopter came to the rescue. 

Blue skies, dry scenery – but the danger of floods is lurking

Hardap no fuller than 70 percent

24. February 2017 inke - Weather

On 23 February 2017, the Hardap Dam, near Mariental’s sluices were opened for a second time in this rainy season, 2016/17. At first, only two sluices were opened at 8 o’clock for an hour, 1.2 metres and 224 cubic metres of water was drained per second. At 9 o’clock a third sluice was opened, 1.2 metres and 336m3/sec flowed into the Fish River below the dam wall.

Hardap no fuller than 70 percent

Windhoek’s dams are almost empty

08. December 2016 inke - Weather

Namibia’s cities and towns are supplied with water from dams, boreholes and rivers. In total the country’s dams contain about 705,855 million cubic metres of water. In addition to the sewage treatment plant, Windhoek’s water supply includes a large number of boreholes, which tap into groundwater reserves, as well as three dams. For months, Windhoekers have not managed to save the required amount of water given by NamWater and the city administration. 

Windhoek’s dams are almost empty

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