Strong winds destroy households

01 Nov 2016 18:00pm
OMASHEKEDIVA, 01 NOV (NAMPA) - Close to eight households in the Oshana Region were destroyed by strong winds on Sunday evening.
The households, six in Omashekediva and two in Oikango villages were razed to the ground when the area experienced strong winds at about 22h00 on Sunday evening.
Corrugated iron sheets were blown off, completely destroying some shacks.
Victoria Amundjebo in Omashekediva said the roofs to three rooms in her house were blown-off while people were asleep.
Namundjebo’s 19 year old grandson Robert Namwenyo narrated how one of the small shacks in which his younger cousin was sleeping also got blown away.
“We had to vacate the rooms around 22h00 and 23h00 in fear of being hurt because the wind was not calming down. When we woke up this morning, we had to go and collect some of iron sheets on the other side of the road about 120 metres from the house,” Namwenyo said.
No injuries or lives were lost.
Ongwediva Constituency Councillor, Erastus Uutoni said a similar disaster occurred in the region about two years ago although no major damages were recorded.
“Last time the region experienced this, we did not have so many houses in one area, but this time all the houses affected are in one area and a lot of properties have been damaged” he said.
The councillor was thankful that no one was harmed and cautioned parents not to leave children unattended in homes during times like these.
“This is just a warning by the weather as this year’s rainy season might be preceded by stronger winds. I urge households with dilapidated rooms to either rehabilitate or abandon them,” Uutoni said.