Oshana governor concerned about damaged roads

08 Mar 2017 18:10pm
OSHAKATI, 08 MAR (NAMPA) – Oshana Region Governor, Clemens Kashuupulwa has expressed concern over damaged roads caused by heavy rainfalls received in the region over the past weeks.
During a consultative meeting between the governor’s office and the Roads Authority’s (RA) delegation at Oshakati on Wednesday, Kashuupulwa referred to roads such as the Okatana-Ongwediva-Onamutayi road, which was washed away and is now inaccessible.
“The main Oshakati-Ongwediva road is currently very traffic congested due to the damaged alternative road which drivers would use under normal circumstances,' the governor noted.
Kashuupulwa added that school children were also faced with many difficulties when it comes to crossing the roads.
He said the water level was increasing rapidly and had now become dangerous for school children to cross the flooded roads and pathways without parental guidance.
The Elim-Onamutuku road in the Omusati Region is currently closed due to heavy rains.
The road was built to ease traffic on the main road between Ongwediva and Oshakati.
RA Chief Executive Officer, Conrad Lutombi told the governor they were working tirelessly to ensure that these issues are rectified.
“We have currently deployed maintenance teams to go and monitor the situation in order to determine which areas can be repaired right away, he said.
Lutombi noted that there were areas still under water which would only be attended to when the water subsides.
He said the RA wasl faced with the challenge of standing water, which could take longer to drain and could cause delays in repairing the damaged roads.
“We are informed that more flood water is on its way towards Namibia from Angola, and our team is also just going to closely monitor what happens,” he said adding that the situation might just worsen.