Unusual rain hits the coast

07 Jun 2016 15:00pm
SWAKOPMUND, 07 JUN (NAMPA) - An unusual thundershower accompanied by strong wind and lightning was experienced along the coast on Monday evening, inconveniencing those living in shacks.
Swakopmund councillor Juuso Kambueshe who was born and raised here described the thundershower as unusual and a clear sign of global warming.
The rain received in Henties Bay, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay was unusual, as these coastal towns usually do not receive rain this time of the year.
Shack dwellers were caught off guard and were surprised by the amount of water flooding their houses.
“The rain was so sudden, there was no warning. I pity those who were on night shift because they will find their houses in a mess,” DRC informal settlement resident Daniel Nghiliwa told Nampa on Tuesday.
In DRC, parts of some housing structures were blown away and residents were Tuesday morning seen reconstructing their residences.
Nghiliwa said they want to make sure their shacks are safe just in case more rain comes.
“We don’t have brick houses and we have no option but to use plastic and cardboard to reinforce our walls so that the water cannot enter our houses.”
Saima Shiweda, also from DRC, was seen cleaning her shack and dealing with soaking wet floor mats, mattresses, clothes and blankets.
Kambueshe said usually it only drizzles in Swakopmund but this was heavy rain.
Average annual rainfall for the coastal area is about 10 millimetres, with the most precipitation experienced in March.
“We do not receive rain in June, this is very unusual and a wake-up call for us to prepare for the future as the weather patterns are changing,” Kambueshe said.
The Namibia Meteorological Service last week told Nampa of possible showers and cold days this week because of a ‘cut off low pressure’ developing above the Atlantic Ocean, which leads to unstable weather.
Some parts of Windhoek on Monday and Tuesday experienced a cloudy sky with light and scattered showers.