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Good rains reported of large parts of the country

Good rains reported of large parts of the country

Niel Terblanche & Placido Hilukilwa

NAMIBIANS rejoiced as heavy rains fell over large parts of the country to the north, east and even to the west of Windhoek.

 

Heavy thundershowers to the west of Usakos turned a dry river bed near the Spitzkopp in the middle of the Namib Desert into a raging torrent.

 

Residents of the country from inmost parts to the north of Windhoek reported good rains and although not official, readings varied between ten and 30 millimetres in places like Khorixas, Outjo, Otjiwarongo, Otavi, Grootfontein, Tsumeb and Okahandja.

 

Further to the north rain has been falling sporadically for the past two days. Ondangwa, Oshakati and further to the west showers were reported.

 

Video: A normally dry riverbed was turned into a raging torrent by good rains in the area of the Spitzkoppe. – A truck driver got stuck in mud while crossing an oshana in the north. – Footage: Placido Hilukilwa and Normann Swart.

 

To the northeast rain was reported at places between Rundu and Divundu.
Farmers in the eastern parts of the country around Gobabis and residents of the town itself reported generous down pours during Wednesday. Farmers between Gobabis and Windhoek also reported generous down pours.

 

In the north the arrival of the rainy season has brought joy and hope to the drought stricken local farmers.

 

However storm water also transformed two-track roads into impassable mud rivers.

 

In one instance the driver of a heavy dump truck attempted to drive through an oshana on the outskirts of Oshakati and got stuck.

 

The problem was only solved hours later with the assistance of an earth moving machine.

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