By Hileni Nembwaya
WITH little or no rain falling, many of the farmers at Nehale Lya Mpingana constituency in the Oshikoto region are devastated and worried that their animals might die as a result of no drinking water.
Namibia is currently struggling with the worst drought which has gripped the country for four consecutive years and the situation is particularly bad in the dry northern areas.
According to the villagers, the constituency is faced with a severe water scarcity due to the drought, and they have been without clean drinking water for the past 25 years.
“This year we received little to no rain at many villages and our boreholes are almost drying up. If nothing is done to mitigate the situation, our animals might die of thirst. The water coming from the boreholes is also getting muddy and salty to consume,” said Matias Haufiku, a cattle herder.
For the past years, the villagers have been faced with a dire challenge of unclean water as a result they resort to drinking salty water from the boreholes which has been deemed unhygienic and unsafe for human consumption. Many of the villagers narrated to Confidente that they are forced to travel more than 30 kilometers to Oshivelo to collect clean drinking water.
Reinhold Shiningombwa, the constituency councillor of Nehale Lya Mpingana confirmed the water shortage in the area saying that the Oshikoto regional council has in the meantime made provisions to provide clean drinking water to the residents by installing water pipes in the near future.
“I understand that the water shortage in the area is very critical and it needs major attention from relevant authorities as the situation might get out of hand. Currently we are busy conducting a feasibility study for portable water and about two boreholes have been drilled at two villages,” he said.
Shiningombwa said that his office is not in a position to drill boreholes or provide water pipes for clean drinking water and he is relying on the regional council to assist the villagers.
The Oshikoto regional council is currently being assisted by the Ministry of Health to drill boreholes in rural areas where there are clinics and hospitals.
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