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Fish River floods again

Fish River floods again

Niël Terblanché

THE Tses Waterfall in the Fish River has come to spectacular life for a second time this year after continuous rains fell over the catchment area of the river and its tributaries south of Mariental since last week Tuesday.


The water cascading over the rocks turned the waterfall into a broiling mass from which a light mist rose. The falls are situated between the small southern towns of Tses and Berseba.


The area to the west of the Fish River, known as the Swartrand, received good downpours while below the escarpment places in the southwest like Aus, Malthöhe, Helmeringhausen and Rosh Pinah also experienced good rains over the past few days.


BROILING FALLS: Good rains in the catchment area of the Fish River and its tributaries over the past few days, caused the Tses Waterfall in southern Namibia, to come back to life for a second time this year. – Footage: Contributed


The rains most of southern Namibia was the first significant showers experienced by many farmers this year.


Farmers in certain parts of southern Namibia reported that as much as 50 millimetres fell in their areas over the past week.


Warmbad received as much as 20 millimetres while Aus had up to 15 millimetres of rain. Most of the rain was accompanied by heavy lightning and cold winds.


Further north hail was reported in the area of Maltahöhe and water flowed down the Tsauchab River that filled the Sesriem Canyon with water for a second time this year.


The type of weather that brought the rain reminded residents of the sparsely populated rural areas of the winter rains of the Western Cape because it fell so late in the season and it was accompanied by strong winds and the first cold snap of the year.


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