Omungwelume businesses flooded

15 Feb 2017 18:20pm
OMUNGWELUME, 15 FEB (NAMPA) – Several business premises are under water at Omungwelume settlement in the Ongenga Constituency, and the settlement's administrative office could not offer assistance by Wednesday afternoon.
Heavy rains at the settlement and surrounding areas in the Ohangwena Region on Monday and Tuesday flooded businesses and is preventing trade.
The most affected include the Assembly Point Mini Market of the Mwaetako family and the Navara Bar of Tobias Nghishiiko.
Owner and Oukwanyama senior councillor for Omungwelume District, Linda Mwaetako told Nampa on Tuesday their shop has suffered a loss worth some N.dollars 80 000.
“Everything went under water, including the money we generated on Monday,” said Mwaetako.
She said the building’s power supply was interrupted when water entered the building, which had fridges switch off and food items spoil. By Wednesday afternoon, there still was no power to the building.
According to her, the road development carried out at the settlement recently caused the flooding, because contractors blocked the water passage.
Owners of the affected businesses claim the settlement office was requested to, during the development of the road next to the business area, make provision for a storm water channel for the current to be directed to a nearby oshana (pan), but administrators appear to have ignored the request.
“This business exists for the past 16 years but it was never flooded like this, even during the years of devastating floods,” Mwaetako charged.
Nghishiiko said he could not save anything when his bar went under water.
He told Nampa it was difficult to relocate the two fridges to a safer place, because the whole building is submerged. Power to his building was by Wednesday afternoon also not functional.
The rain, accompanied by strong wind, also caused severe damages to buildings at several homesteads in and around the Omungwelume village on Saturday.
“We don't have floods here, it is just a normal fall (rainfall),” replied the settlement's Chief Control Officer, Ruben Hashoongo when approached for comment on Wednesday.
He, however, declined to comment further on the issue, saying he is not allowed to talk to the media.