Sunday, June 03, 2007

The 2007 flood

All eyes -- especially in the travel industry -- seem to have been on the large quantities of river water in the Okavango region this year. The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System reported a flood alert for upstream Angola, Namibia and Zambia in January. The Ngami Times’ The Maun Blog weblog, Wilderness Safaris’site, Meno a Kwenya, Birdlife Botswana’s Conservation Newsletter, and Eyes on Africa web site have included commentary about the flood. The Botswana government Daily News reported efforts to cope with flooding in the Okavango Panhandle. Word today is that the winter flood is only kilometres upstream from Maun. Flocks of pelicans are wheeling gracefully above the village, and marabou storks slowly stalking the banks of the Thamalane for fish stranded by last year's drying river. In HOORC's Library, you can find Water flow dynamics in the Okavango river Basin and Delta : a prerequisite for the ecosystems of the Delta from Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 28 (2003) 1165 - 1172.

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