More rain expected on Saturday

28 Feb 2014 20:10pm
WINDHOEK, 28 FEB (NAMPA) – Several areas in Namibia experienced good rains over the past week, with places like Karibib and Uis in the Erongo Region measuring of up to 100 millimetres of rain in just two days.
Rainfall figures provided by the Namibia Hydrological Services (NHS) in Windhoek said for the 24 hours ending at 08h00 on Friday, Rehoboth received 122,3 millimetres (mm); Khorixas 91,7mm; Otjiwarongo 73,4mm, Rundu 30,4 mm; Okahao 17mm; Omaruru 14,9 mm; and Eenhana 13,2mm.
In the Academia residential area in Windhoek 66mm was recorded, while Hochland Park received 40mm. Towns as far south as Oranjemund recorded 9mm of rain, while Oshikango in the far north recorded only 0,4mm.
According to information obtained from the website of the Namibia Meteorological Service, more rain is expected over large parts of the country on Saturday - the Namibian interior can expect thunder showers, while rain is also predicted for the central coast.
Karibib received at least 50mm of rain in less than an hour on Monday. A cloud burst led to trees being uprooted and roofs being ripped off houses, and the Karibib Town Council had to scramble to assist several households to find alternative accommodation.
The Karibib Town Council's technical manager, Fanie van der Westhuisen told Nampa in an interview earlier in the week parts of the town received up to 50mm of rain in about 45 minutes.
“A lot of trees were uprooted, a lot of houses, especially low cost housing, lost roofs,” Van der Westhuisen said.
People living in especially the Usab informal settlement were assisted by the town council to find alternative accommodation. The main street was however the main point of concern after the water threatened to flood businesses along the street.
“We have a storm water problem in town, but the biggest area is the main road. The storm water drain is a six pipe system and runs underneath the rail tracks, which from there runs into a small river on the other side of the railway line,” Van der Westhuisen explained. He added that the channel system is blocked by TransNamib, and with the drain being too narrow, water is pushed back into the main street.
Some residents this news agency spoke to at Usab said they had never seen a storm such as Monday’s. Ndahafa Angula, who lost the roof of her shack, said she is just thankful that nobody was injured during the storm. Victoria Simon, who stays in the same informal settlement, also lost part of her shack. “We just saw sheets of corrugated iron flying into the air and we wondered what was happening,” she stated.
The principal of the Karibib Private School, Vincent Hockey also incurred damage worth several thousands of dollars after the wind ripped the roof off his house, exposing furniture and electrical appliances to the rain. “It is difficult to estimate the damage as the whole roof will most likely have to be replaced,” Hockey said.