Heavy downpours force border posts closed

As heavy downpours continue to fall across Botswana, this week the Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs Ministry confirmed closure of Mabolwe, Phitshane Molopo, Tshidilamolomo and Bray border posts.

A statement from the ministry said that travellers at Pont Drift are having to use cable cars to cross, as the water level is very high. Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Office  (NDMO) has been issuing warnings all through the week. The NDMO said in a statement issued on Thursday that due to heavy rainfall, the North East, Nkange, Lobatse, Ramotswa, Kanye, Tlokweng Moshupa, Good Hope, Mahalapye and Mochudi have been affected by flooding.

The statement said the number of households affected stood at 184 and is likely to increase as the rain persists. It said assistance provided by various Disaster Management Committees includes the evacuation of people to safer ground, tents, blankets and food baskets. The NDMO urged the public to cooperate with various stakeholders engaged in the response efforts.

The office urged parents who live in the affected areas not to allow their children to play around or go near floodwaters. Additionally, it encouraged them to remain vigilant at all times. The public is also advised to contact the local District Disaster Management Committee, Police, Kgosi or any local leadership in their respective areas that should they require any assistance due to possible flooding.

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