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Motorists cautioned to take care on flooded roads

Motorists cautioned to take care on flooded roads

Niël Terblanché

 

FLOODWATER flowing over the main road between Tsumeb and Otavi after a sudden and heavy downpour was the most likely cause of a motor vehicle accident on Tuesday morning.

 

It is believed that the tyres of the small family car started to aquaplane, causing the vehicle to roll over on its roof after the driver lost control over it.

 

No serious injuries were reported.

 

 

Heavy thunderstorms, where as much as 80 millimetres of rain were measured, were reported over the area of Grootfontein Tsumeb, and Otavi.

 

Rundu also received good rains since Monday afternoon.

 

Strong downpours were also reported at places along Namibia’s northern border from Ruacana in the west to Katima Mulilo in the east.

 

Further south residents of Outjo, Otjiwarongo, Okahandja, and Windhoek also reported that they received rain.

 

In and around the capital people measured as much as 25 millimetres of rain.

 

According to various weather services, the good rains currently experienced over large parts of Namibia is the forerunner of more to come as the tropical storm Chalane has made land fall in Mozambique and is currently heading for eastern Zimbabwe and Botswana.

 

Moist air from the tropical storm is being drawn down over Angola and Namibia, which means that good rainfall can be expected over most of Namibia well into the New Year’s weekend.

 

The Namibia Meteorological Service predicted widespread thundershowers that can lead to flash floods over the entire northern half of Namibia for the rest of the week.

 

For the rest of the day, partly cloudy and hot weather conditions in the southwest are in the forecast for the rest of the day over the rest of the Namibian interior.

 

People at the coast can expect partly cloudy and cool weather conditions.

 

Some rain can be expected over the northern coastal areas.

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