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Flooded Namibia relies on UNOSAT emergency flood mapping
After the Zambezi River broke banks a few days ago, over 15,000 people have been displaced in Namibia and many others are seeking shelter from rising waters. The emergency mapping team of UNOSAT had been on the watch last week and begun producing flood analysis maps on last Friday and over the past weekend. These maps are being useful for organising relief activity on the ground and caught the eye of the national press as well - see on the left the first page of the national newspaper Republikein on 24 March. A total of 50,000 people may be affected by the current floods, which have been described by the Namibian government as the worst since 1950.