GENEVA (AFP) — More than 200,000 people in Namibia have been affected by heavy flooding near the northern border with Angola since January, the United Nations said on Friday.
Fields of crops have been soaked and the loss of agricultural produce could have an impact on the region's food security, said Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
"The torrential rain has calmed but we believe that they will continue as we are still in the rainy season with the rain to last another four weeks," she said, noting that there are fears that flooding could trigger a further spread of cholera.
"A lot of crops has been damaged... We will have to see if the loss of these crops would have dramatic consequences for food security," she added.
Namibia's president declared a state of emergency Tuesday in the north after heavy flooding that has killed 92 since January and displaced thousands.