Omaheke Governor pleased with recent rains

04 Mar 2014 14:50pm
GOGABIS, 04 MARCH (NAMPA) - The Omaheke and Kunene regions of Namibia were the worst-affected by last year’s devastating drought, Omaheke Regional Governor Festus Ueitele says.
The governor told Nampa in an interview on Saturday that the rains which fell in most parts of the country since the end of November 2013 have come as a blessing as grazing lands are now able to slowly recover from last year’s drought.
He said residents of the Omaheke Region must come together - as they did at the height of the drought situation last year - to give thanks to God for the rain showers which have been received so far.
“I feel blessed, and hope the drought will be a thing of the past,” he noted.
Floris van Niekerk, who farms at a plot on the outskirts of the Gobabis town, told this agency that he has received over 600 millimetres (mm) of rain since the first showers fell on 22 November 2013.
“The Black Nossob River, which feeds the Daan Viljoen dam on the outskirts of Gobabis, is running through my land. I had to repair the fence twice last month as the water mass damaged the fence,” he explained.
Figures availed to Nampa by Van Niekerk showed that he received 611mm of rain from 22 November up to the first day of March this year.
The highest rainfall figures per day were measured on 03 February 2014 at 68mm, and again 50mm on 25 February 2014. Another 66mm of rain was measured on 27 February 2014.
According to the Namibia Water Corporation (Namwater)'s website, the average rainfall figure for this area is around 396 mm per annum.