In early 2009 the north-central and north-eastern regions of Namibia experienced torrential rains which caused flooding along most of Namibia’s northern borders. The water levels of the Cunene, Chobe, Zambezi and Kavango rivers increased dramatically due to the combined effects of rain and water from tributaries originating in Angola and Zambia. The floods affected 350,000 people (nearly 17% of the country’s population), caused the death of 102 people, and displaced over 13,500 persons.
Within Iraq, the situation has evolved gradually from one of large-scale displacement and acute humanitarian emergency towards early recovery and development. During the first half of 2009, Iraq has continued to move tentatively towards a more peaceful and stable future, with monthly levels of violence decreasing from 2008. However, the security situation in the country is still far from stabilized, with continued attacks against civilians and many underlying conflicts and grievances still unresolved.
The combined effect of Hurricane Ida and a low-pressure system off the Pacific Coast led to heavy rainfall in El Salvador, from Saturday to Sunday November 7-8, causing severe flooding and landslides in seven of the country’s 14 departments. In just a few hours, 355mm of rainfall was registered in the most adversely affected areas, not far off the 400mm registered during four days of Hurricane Mitch (1998).