Houses in Epalela area flooded

08 Feb 2016 10:50am
EPALELA, 08 FEB (NAMPA) – Some 15 homesteads in the Epalela settlement area were flooded Friday night when the NamWater canal in the area overflowed due to heavy rainfall experienced in the Omusati Region’s Onesi Constituency.
Most severely affected was Onhoko village, where some 15 homesteads and crop fields were under water since last Thursday.
The canal also overflowed in December last year.
The Roman Catholic Church near Epalela settlement is also surrounded by water.
The 84-year-old Albertina Wandende who lives in Onhoko village said her family has had to vacate their flooded homestead.
Her seven-member family now stays in the house of her daughter, Tresia Murangi, at Epalela settlement. She said they lost their food and other belongings.
Some of the villagers said they were waiting for the councillor of their constituency, Titus Kanyele to intervene and offer the necessary assistance.
“He is supposed to come and assess the situation and determine what help his office can offer to mitigate the situation,” they said.
Speaking to Nampa in a telephonic interview on Sunday, Kanyele said he was aware of the flooding in the constituency.
“I am currently in Windhoek for National Council duties, but my office and that of the regional governor will deal with the situation on Monday,” he said.