March 26th, 2009 in Breaking News

400,000 people have been affected by flooding in Zambia and Namibia

Reuters AlertNet - Zambia and Namibia face worst floods in 40 years.

LUSAKA, March 25 (Reuters AlertNet) - Zambia and Namibia face their worst floods in at least 40 years as rains swell the Zambezi River to record levels, destroying crops and swamping whole villages, disaster officials and aid workers said on Wednesday.

Zambia has put its air force on standby to airlift people to safety and Namibia has declared a state of emergency in flood-hit areas as waterways burst their banks in the narrow Caprivi Strip between Zambia and Botswana.

Some 400,000 people have been affected on both sides of Namibia’s border with Angola alone, the international Red Cross movement said, adding that the number was likely to rise.