Habituados a las inundaciones - Used to floods

by R Kuerbovich March. 28, 2021 828 views
toro observando el Zambezi // bull watching the Zambezi

toro observando el Zambezi // bull watching the Zambezi

La región de Caprivi, en el norte de Namibia, está cruzada por varios ríos, entre ellos el Zambeze, que desde 2004 se desbordan inundando las zonas colindantes. Este año no ha sido una excepción. // The Caprivi region in northern Namibia is crossed by several rivers, including the Zambezi. Every year since 2004 these rivers flood the surrounding areas. This year was no exception.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caprivi_Strip#/media/File:Caprivistrip.png

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caprivi_Strip#/media/File:Caprivistrip.png

Las comunidades rivereñas se han acostumbrado a ser desplazadas por las inundaciones y el Gobierno de Namibia ha instalado infraestructuras para alojar a las poblaciones en tales eventos. // Riverside communities have become accustomed to being displaced by floods and the Namibian government has installed infrastructure to accommodate populations in such events.

pueblo inundado, pero fijaos en como las casas están levatadas sobre pilotes // flooded village, but look how the houses are built on pilings

pueblo inundado, pero fijaos en como las casas están levatadas sobre pilotes // flooded village, but look how the houses are built on pilings

carretera cortada por las inundaciones // road cut by floods

carretera cortada por las inundaciones // road cut by floods

El campamento de Schuckmansburg es uno de esos ejemplos. Situado en una meseta cercana al río Zambeze, la zona se ve rodeada repetidamente por las aguas en la temporada de lluvias, lo que hace que su acceso sólo sea posible en barco. La población desplazada llega en canoas o lanchas gestionadas por el Gobierno o la Cruz Roja de Namibia. El campamento está equipado con tanques de agua conectados a un pozo que proporciona agua a cinco puntos de agua; la Cruz Roja construyó 20 letrinas. El puesto de salud presta servicios a un pueblo próximo y a los desplazados del campamento. El Gobierno y la Cruz Roja nacional distribuyen tiendas y lonas para cubrir las necesidades básicas de refugio así como raciones mensual de alimentos consistentes en maíz, judías cocidas, aceite y latas de pescado.

Schuckmansburg

Schuckmansburg

Schuckmansburg Camp is one such example. Located on a plateau near the Zambezi River, the area is repeatedly surrounded by water in the rainy season, making it accessible only by boat. The displaced population arrives in canoes or boats managed by the Government or the Namibian Red Cross. The camp is equipped with water tanks connected to a borehole that provides water to five water points; the Red Cross built 20 latrines. The health post serves a nearby village and displaced people in the camp. The Government and the national Red Cross distribute tents and tarpaulins to cover basic shelter needs as well as monthly food rations consisting of maize, baked beans, oil and cans of fish.

escuela secundaria, realojada en el campamento de Lisikili // secondary school relocated in Lisikili camp

escuela secundaria, realojada en el campamento de Lisikili // secondary school relocated in Lisikili camp

algunos montan pequeños ultramarinos // some set small grocery shops

algunos montan pequeños ultramarinos // some set small grocery shops

Como las inundaciones son de aparición lenta y la mayoría de la población está acostumbrada a ellas, las comunidades tienen tiempo suficiente para llevar los bienes básicos, gallinas y cabras a los campamentos. El ganado que permaneció en las zonas inundadas está vigilado. Las comunidades han desarrollado mecanismos de supervivencia, como vínculos de solidaridad, trabajo asociado a la pesca y otros para poder comprar alimentos en la vecina Zambia.

As floods are slow onset and most of the population is used to them, communities have enough time to bring basic goods and livestock (chickens and goats) to the camps. Cattle remained in the flooded areas and are guarded. The communities have developed coping mechanisms, such as solidarity links, fishing and other associated work to be able to buy food in neighboring Zambia.

propietaria de una tienda en Zambia // shop owner in Zambia

propietaria de una tienda en Zambia // shop owner in Zambia

Una vez las aguas se retiran, todos regresan a sus localidades, y los campos de cultivo se quedan cubiertos de fértil aluvión.

Once the waters recede, everyone returns to their places, and the fields are covered with fertile alluvium.

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Jay Boggess 2 months ago

Fascinating images of places I have never been....Thanks!
ps....thanks for "liking" my image, as well!smile

2 months ago Edited
Tsao T-F 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Once the waters recede, everyone returns to their places, and the fields are covered with fertile alluvium.
I think it is hard to people who live there. But, yes, the place follows the nature rule.

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
R Kuerbovich Replied to Tsao T-F 2 months, 1 week ago

Thanks for your interest. People did not complain about their hard life per se but actually I remember an old village headmen who complained about the large increase in population numbers since his childhood, affecting in the decrease of wildlife (a sustainable source of protein if the human population is small) and more and bigger plots for agricultural use.

2 months, 1 week ago Edited
Tsao T-F Replied to R Kuerbovich 2 months, 1 week ago

smile

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Antonio Gil 2 months, 3 weeks ago

So cool. That's how all the governments should work - to help the people when it's needed. Caprivi strip brings me back amazing memories of my visit to Namibia and Botswana

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
R Kuerbovich Replied to Antonio Gil 2 months, 2 weeks ago

100% agree; that's how governments should work

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Benny Law 2 months, 3 weeks ago

The people seem to be coping well. They seem resilient and happy. Thanks for sharing their story.

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
R Kuerbovich Replied to Benny Law 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your comment Benny. Indeed, it's great when you people able to organize themselves to face adversity

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Another educational and inspiring post by you. I really appreciate you sharing these photos and information with us. It is so eye opening to those of us living on the other side of the world. Thank you grinning

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
R Kuerbovich Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks Camellia for your encouraging comment

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Francesc 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Un contraste con lo que vivimos aquí ...Un ejemplo de solidaridad...Como siempre un placer leer y ver tus fotos...Feliz semana

2 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
R Kuerbovich Replied to Francesc 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Gracias Francesc! Me hace muy feliz saber que te ha gustado el post. Buena semana

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