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Deadly Flooding in Namibia
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Heavy seasonal rains swelled the Zambezi River in southern Africa in March and April 2008. This image shows how the floods spilled down the Bukalo Channel to swell Lake Liambezi. The Advanced Land Imager on the EO-1 satellite acquired the image on April 19, 2009. While the river system floods seasonally, the floods of 2009 were more extensive than normal, causing thousands of evacuations.
NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using EO-1 ALI data provided courtesy of the NASA EO-1 Team. Caption by Holli Riebeek.
Water flowed from the flooded Zambezi River into the wetland in northern Namibia shown in this image.
At least 350,000 people were affected by flooding in Namibia during the annual rainy season in southern Africa in March 2009. Nearly 100 people died, and more than 10,000 were displaced as the Zambezi River rose to its highest level in 40 years.