Opuwo without electricity

11 Apr 2017 13:10pm
OPUWO, 11 APR (NAMPA) - Opuwo in the Kunene Region has been without electricity since Monday after a power line supplying electricity to the town from Ruacana was damaged by heavy rain.
The situation has caused a disruption to various services at the town and also affected residents.
A caretaker at the Opuwo State Hospital told Nampa on Tuesday that laundry at the hospital has not been done since Monday and the hospital has been finding it hard to cook for patients due to the power failure.
Markus Ngumeni, a resident of the Otuzemba informal settlement, said he had to get rid of some food in his fridge as it got spoiled.
The only businesses relatively unfazed by the power failure are large supermarket chains such as Spar, OK Foods, Okoako Retaurant and some smaller businesses, as they have their own electricity generators for emergencies.
Malakia Tjilumbu, a system controller at NamPower, said a team has already been dispatched to the area to attend to the problem.
“We checked the section from Ruacana and it is fine. We are now busy checking the one between Etoto and Opuwo,” Tjilumbu told Nampa on Tuesday.
He could not say how long it will take to fix the problem.
Tjilimbu said experts have to be flown in to attend to the problem.
The area is mountainous and not accessible by car.