Over 1 400 people affected by floods


Albertina Nakale

Following heavy rains in some parts of Namibia a total of 1 455 people have been affected by floods and 810 have been relocated to higher grounds.

This was revealed by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila who said the affected families are currently receiving humanitarian aid from government.

The affected families are from Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena and Zambezi regions. They have been hard hit by devastating floods following this year’s heavy rains.

The PM says her office is in touch with the affected communities who provide it with information to enable the government to monitor and assess the situation and to plan and coordinate the type of assistance to be rendered.

In Oshana, she noted, the affected people in the region have been relocated to Ekuku centre. About 120 households have been affected in Oshana, with 566 people having been relocated.

“We have noticed that the water levels are increasing from the Cuvelai source where eight villages in Ohangwena Constituency were reported to be surrounded by water,” she explained.

Further, she said, some health facilities have also been affected and those that have been completely cut off are receiving health services through government helicopters.
In Omusati Region, the government recorded a total number of 265 people who are affected mainly in Etayi, Onesi and Okalongo constituencies.

The total number of people relocated is 2 655, while eight roads are damaged and not useable.

According to her, two clinics have been completely cut off and helicopters are providing health services.

Equally, Ohangwena has been hard hit where affected areas include Omafo and Omatunda villages with 34 households and 120 people having been relocated to higher grounds.

Zambezi Region recorded about 33 households that are currently surrounded by water and 51 others’ crop fields are damaged by pests and flood.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said about nine households’ crop fields are affected by bollworms.

She reported that all regional structures have been activated to respond to the flood situation and the government has and will continue to provide assistance in the form of tents, food, ablution facilities in the relocation centres, water tanker services, helicopters for outreach services and insecticides and mosquito nets for malaria prevention, as well as cooking utensils.

Furthermore, she said assistance was also received with sincere appreciation from the Namibian Red Cross Society to support the affected communities.

According to her, early warning information was provided by regional and constituency councillors informing communities living in flood-prone areas of the rising of the water level and requesting communities to move to higher grounds.

“It is important for communities to cooperate and adhere to these warnings while the government is working with all stakeholders to find a lasting solution and put flood mitigation measures in place,” she urged.


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