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Rainy nightmare for North East slum dwellers

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 14 October 2014   |   By Shingirai Madondo

Naturally, rain should bring delight for crop farmers, but for slum dwellers in the northeastern part of the country, it is a nightmare.

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A number of slum dwellers living in flood-prone villages of Matopi, Matsiloje, Matshelagabedi and the greater northeastern part of the country are gripped with constant fear and dejection due to high possibility of flooding.

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Botswana is among the countries within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region that are expected to receive an increased chance of normal to above-normal rainfall starting from this month until December, according to an international weather report.

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Prepared by the Climate Prediction Centre (CPC) – International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), the report further indicated that increased chances of receiving normal to below-normal rainfall between January and March next year are very high.

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In its latest report, the international weather report attributed the normal to above-normal rainfall patterns to the El Nino phenomenon that is expected to increase as the year progresses towards the end and into the following year of 2015.

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However, luckily for Botswana it has in the past, had above-normal rainfall during around four out of 10 El Niños, which means its impact may not be highly felt on rainfall totals at least for October to December.

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It is against this backdrop that slum dwellers in the better part of the northeastern part of the country are keeping their fingers crossed that there will be no floods this rainy season. Slum dwellers are feariful that they will be displaced and not realizing a better harvest.

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During the World Habitat Day commemorated at Matsiloje village last Monday, some slum dwellers pleaded with the government to ensure that preventative measures have been in place to ensure that they are safe this time around.

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“We are at God’s mercy. Every year, we face this predicament. It has proved that the government is not doing enough to ensure that preventative measures aimed at protecting the people are not being put in place,” lamented Moses Molatedi of Matopi village.

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During the rainy season, Molatedi said the Ramokgwebana River, which is just some few metres away from the village overflows and flood the area. This scenario has always exposed the villagers to dangers, especially water borne diseases.

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Naturally, rain should bring delight for crop farmers, but for slum dwellers in the northeastern part of the country, it is a nightmare.

SEE ALSO:

A number of slum dwellers living in flood-prone villages of Matopi, Matsiloje, Matshelagabedi and the greater northeastern part of the country are gripped with constant fear and dejection due to high possibility of flooding.

SEE ALSO:

 Botswana is among the countries within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region that are expected to receive an increased chance of normal to above-normal rainfall starting from this month until December, according to an international weather report.

SEE ALSO:

 Prepared by the Climate Prediction Centre (CPC) – International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), the report further indicated that increased chances of receiving normal to below-normal rainfall between January and March next year are very high.

SEE ALSO:

 In its latest report, the international weather report attributed the normal to above-normal rainfall patterns to the El Nino phenomenon that is expected to increase as the year progresses towards the end and into the following year of 2015.

SEE ALSO:

 However, luckily for Botswana it has in the past, had above-normal rainfall during around four out of 10 El Niños, which means its impact may not be highly felt on rainfall totals at least for October to December.

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 It is against this backdrop that slum dwellers in the better part of the northeastern part of the country are keeping their fingers crossed that there will be no floods this rainy season. Slum dwellers are feariful that they will be displaced and not realizing a better harvest.

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 During the World Habitat Day commemorated at Matsiloje village last Monday, some slum dwellers pleaded with the government to ensure that preventative measures have been in place to ensNaturally, rain should bring delight for crop farmers, but for slum dwellers in the northeastern part of the country, it is a nightmare. A number of slum dwellers living in flood-prone villages of Matopi, Matsiloje, Matshelagabedi and the greater northeastern part of the country are gripped with constant fear and dejection due to high possibility of flooding.

SEE ALSO:

 Botswana is among the countries within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region that are expected to receive an increased chance of normal to above-normal rainfall starting from this month until December, according to an international weather report.

SEE ALSO:

 Prepared by the Climate Prediction Centre (CPC) – International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), the report further indicated that increased chances of receiving normal to below-normal rainfall between January and March next year are very high.

SEE ALSO:

 In its latest report, the international weather report attributed the normal to above-normal rainfall patterns to the El Nino phenomenon that is expected to increase as the year progresses towards the end and into the following year of 2015.

SEE ALSO:

 However, luckily for Botswana it has in the past, had above-normal rainfall during around four out of 10 El Niños, which means its impact may not be highly felt on rainfall totals at least for October to December.

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It is against this backdrop that slum dwellers in the better part of the northeastern part of the country are keeping their fingers crossed that there will be no floods this rainy season. Slum dwellers are feariful that they will be displaced and not realizing a better harvest.

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 During the World Habitat Day commemorated at Matsiloje village last Monday, some slum dwellers pleaded with the government to ensure that preventative measures have been in place to ensure that they are safe this time around.

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 “We are at God’s mercy. Every year, we face this predicament. It has proved that the government is not doing enough to ensure that preventative measures aimed at protecting the people are not being put in place,” lamented Moses Molatedi of Matopi village.

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During the rMatsiloje headman of records, Eric Moipolai said a total of 27 tents have been donated to the community of Matsiloje and Matopi to help those who might be affected by flooding.

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“Rainy season always brings mixed feelings to our people here. Some, especially reinfed crop farmers, will be happy that they will be going for farming. But for slum dwellers, the fast approaching rainy season is a total nightmare,” he said.

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Outgoing Lands and Housing Minister, Lebonaamang Mokalake said government has since made efforts to upgrade some of “our areas to enable them to have similar levels of basic amenities such as water.”

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“Priority has been given to the provision of water, sewerage system, electricity, road infrastructure, street lighting and issuing land certificates, leases or title deeds to secure ownership to property,” he said.

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Government considers provision of adequate and quality basic shelter as a basic need with initiatives geared towards the improvement of the human habitat having been put in place in the country, he said.

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Self Help Housing Agency (SHHA) home improvement, Turnkey Development Scheme, Integrated Poverty Alleviation and Housing Scheme as well as housing for destitute persons alongside the Presidential Housing Appeal are some of the initiatives aimed at fighting slums.



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