Last updated: 24 april, 2009 - 10:15 GMT

Kuomboka

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Large parts of Southern Africa have been drenched in flood waters over the past weeks - people have drowned, roads have been washed away and crops have been destroyed in Angola, Namibia and Zambia.

And yet, in Western Province in Zambia, the floods are celebrated.

Every year at around this time, the King of the Lozi people - the Litunga - moves from the flooded plains to the higher ground.

The ceremony is called the 'Kuomboka' - literally, 'moving out of water'.

The King travels in his special barge - the Nalikwanda. Tourists come from all over to watch the spectacle.

But, as Jo Fidgen found out, the ceremony still has significance for local residents.

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