Southern Africa floods

This item appears on page 22 of the May 2009 issue.

In Southern Africa, extreme rainfalls since the beginning of the year have caused flooding, displacing thousands of people and leading to about 100 deaths. A state of emergency has been declared in north-central and north-eastern Namibia, the worst hit. Flooding also has affected Angola, northern Botswana, southern Malawi, Mozambique and most of Zambia.