Flowing Rivers Can Be Bad News

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By Wezi Tjaronda WINDHOEK Even though good rains bring good tidings to livestock and crop farmers, many areas get cut off due to raging rivers. Ovitoto is one of the areas that have perpetual problems with rivers that cannot be crossed when it rains heavily. This has resulted in many children being delayed for school and businesses being unable to order their stock, which in most cases come from Okahandja. There are three rivers between Ovitoto and Okahandja, which normally pose problems for commuters. A couple of years back, one of the rivers claimed the lives of three people who were carried away by floodwaters. Regional Councillor for Omatako Constituency, Issaskar Kaujeua, told New Era that one of the rivers, the Ozondorohungu, is very deep and many people had to overnight there last week while waiting for the floodwaters to subside. “People sometimes wait for two good days to be able to cross the river,” said Kaujeua, who recently was unable to cross the river and had to overnight in his car. He expressed concern that road users who might have very urgent matters to attend to, including school children, are forced to overnight on the road. The councillor said he would step up efforts to convince the relevant authorities to build a bridge to avoid such inconveniences for road users. On January 6, for instance, as many as 30 vehicles lined up the road waiting for the floodwaters to subside for them to cross to the other side. An official from Rescue 911 told New Era last week that although the company was called to give assistance, it was only once or twice a month.