By Hileni Nembwaya
FLOODWATER from Angola flowing into Oshikango has caused wreckage while leaving many families displaced.
The Angolan national department of water reported heavy rains and flooding at Ondjiva on March 8 and 9, and the water in the Cuvelai channel has started rising.
Flooding has been reported in four provinces in Angola following heavy rains in the Cuvelai basin.
On Tuesday morning a flood wave coming from Angola hit Okatwitwi informal settlement at Oshikango, leaving the settlement and surrounding villages under high levels of water.
Oshikango constituency councillor, Phellep Namundjembo told Confidente that all the villages bordering Angola are under water and the flood wave caused disastrous damages to many properties.
“All the villages bordering Angola are heavily affected. The bridge at Onamhindo village is also about to fall apart due to flooding, however, we have put up mechanisms in place and we are closely monitoring the situation. Preparations are also at an advanced stage,” said Namundjembo.
He described the situation as disastrous.
Namudjembo urged all the inhabitants to stay alert and be on higher ground as the flood wave might be flowing at a high speed.
Despite, mechanisms put in place by the Ohangwena disaster risk management to assist those that are affected, many of the disgruntled residents are pleading for assistance after the town council failed to offer them assistance citing lack of resources.
“We do not have anywhere to stay and now they are evicting us from this temporary plot we got for ourselves to stay on while the situation retains to normal. Our furniture is destroyed by water. The town council does not want us to help us out. They do not even want to offer us transport to the flood victim shelters … nothing but they have the guts to chase us from this small piece of land,” said Tuhafeni Andreas, one of the flood victims at Onamhinda village.
Another disgruntled flood victim, Indileni Isack told Confidente that the council is relocating the victims to a shelter with no basic services such as toilets.
Namundjembo, who could not say how many people have affected so far, advised all flood victims to settle at one place in order to allow the regional council to conduct a thorough report.
During a tour to Oshikango, hundreds of homesteads and corrugated iron shacks have been flooded and villages have also been cut off from amenities.
Gravel roads and bridges have been damaged and furniture destroyed by water.
Omusati region is normally flooded due to torrential rain received in parts of southern Angola and northern Namibia.
People have been warned not to cross rivers or flooded places to avoid the loss of lives.
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