No change in northern flood situation

04 Apr 2017 12:00pm
By Isabel Bento
OSHAKATI, 04 APR (NAMPA) - Villagers in the Oshana Region affected by the flash floods from Angola, also known as efundja, will have to wait a while longer before they are able to access health facilities and other amenities as water levels in their surroundings remain high.
About seven more villages in the Ongwediva Constituency of the same region have been cut off from other villages since the weekend.
One of the affected villages, Onheleiwa, has been sub-divided into four ‘islands’ of about eight homesteads each as large streams sweeps through the village.
This has made it extremely difficult for residents in the same village to move around, and many are virtually trapped in their homesteads.
Ongwediva Constituency Councillor Andreas Uutoni told Nampa on Tuesday that the situation in these villages is bad, especially for the elderly who are unable to cross the water.
“Some elderly had to be airlifted to hospitals on Monday because it is terrible out there and we still do not see any change,” Uutoni noted.
Despite the fact that villages are confined in their homes, Uutoni has however noted that the water has brought about good prospects for mahangu farming as harvests are bound to be good this year.
“I am glad that these villagers have not panicked and abandoned their fields and instead put more work in them; this is good because the grains have also not been damaged,” he said.
Uutoni also applauded the Ministry of Health and Social Service for the tireless efforts to bring about health facilities to these affected villages in times of illnesses.
Meanwhile, Leonard Hango, a Hydrologist in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry told Nampa in an interview on Tuesday that even though flood water levels are slightly higher in the Ohangwena and parts of Oshana regions, they are subsiding in the Cuvelai dam in Angola and are not expected to rise anymore.
“The water has even drained out in Omusati Region already and much of the volume of water is heading to the Etosha basin as we speak,” Hango said.
He added that although parts of Ongwediva, Oshakati and Ondangwa have also been affected, the water is expected to go down as the rainy season draws to an end.
“We are currently just waiting for this water to pass through and as soon as that happens, then the situation will get back to normal in no time,” he stated.