Heavy rains damage Rundu lodge and roads

15 Mar 2016 15:40pm
RUNDU, 15 MAR (NAMPA) - Heavy rains at Rundu have caused significant damage to the Omashare Lodge because water from the central business district (CBD) flows into the lodge.
The supervisor of Omashare, Jovensia Nande is worried that if more heavy rain falls, some parts of the building - particularly the casino part - could topple over as the strong flowing water has already dug a hole under the building.
There is no provision made to divert rainwater during heavy rains, which causes flooding, mainly to areas that lie at the lower end of the main road and close to the Okavango River.
Nande explained the owners had no choice but to close part of the business, especially the most affected casino and club areas.
“Business is not going well. Customers are not coming as they fear losing their lives. We are also worried as to how salaries will be paid to employees with the slow business we are experiencing currently,” a worried Nande told Nampa on Tuesday.
The toilet at the casino has also not been used for days following the rain damage, which forced the owners to replace it with movable rented toilets.
Flooding has also left water supply pipes, including the town's main water supply pipe and electricity cables, exposed.
The heavy rain has also damaged the gravel road leading to the popular “Rundu Beach”, and has affected electricity supply to some lodges in town.
Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Rundu Town Council, Herman Haingura said he cannot comment on the issue as he is waiting for a detailed report, including costs of repair from the technical department, which he expects to receive by Friday this week.