Odibo village experiencing ground cracks again

07 Jan 2014 13:30pm
ODIBO, 07 JAN (NAMPA) – Phenomenal earth cracks were experienced at the Odibo village in the Ohangwena Region on Christmas Day.
Several deep cracks of about one metre (m) each, covering a ground surface of some 300m, have been discovered.
The occurrence has left villagers in fear of the collapse of their homesteads.
Some community members told Nampa that similar cracks in the ground have been experienced at their village between 1985 and 1986.
Meekulu Ndilokelwa Mweshihua and Sonia Nafuka confirmed that similar cracks in the earth have occurred before, but the ones of 1985/6 were not as big as the latest ones.
It is believed the village has a big underground river which is causing the marvel.
The community of Odibo believes the area will become risky during rainfall, when the area which is flood-prone, becomes soapy and wet.
The occurrences have severely affected the field between the homesteads of Mweshihua and Meekulu Julia Ambida.
Speaking to this news agency on Monday afternoon, the headman of that village Retired Major-General Charles Namoloh, who is also Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Minister, suggested that scientists be called in to assess and determine the cause of such enormous ground cracks.
Namoloh, who is still on festive season leave at Odibo, was also of the opinion there might be an underground river which contributes to the cracks.
“Line ministries, such as Mines and Energy and that of Environment and Tourism, are to be informed about these phenomena,” he said.
Some community members of Odibo have also experienced continuing cracks on their buildings, even newly-built ones, in their homesteads at the village.