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Floods hit Angola-Namibia border


Heavy rain has brought flooding to both sides of the Angola-Nambia border, forcing thousands to leave their homes.

The Angolan Red Cross says about 25,000 people have lost their homes in the southern Angolan province of Cunene.

Six regions in northern Namibia are flooded, and newspaper reports suggest the situation is worse than last year, when 65,000 people were affected.

More rain has fallen since December than during the whole five months of the rainy season of 2007-2008.

And more heavy downpours are forecast in the coming days.

The Red Cross estimates about 125,000 people have been affected just in Cunene province by the floods.

Homes and livestock have been swept away and many people have been cut off as flood water covers roads and fields.

The region is inundated every year during the December to April rainy season but the Red Cross says the situation is "drastic" this year.

Amid fears of cholera and malaria epidemics, the agency has been distributing mosquito nets, water purification tablets and rehydration sachets.

The World Health Organization has delivered five tonnes of health care kits and supplies of drinking water.

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