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Close to 80 homes in Windhoek destroyed by rain

Close to 80 homes in Windhoek destroyed by rain

Zorena Jantze

FOR residents in the capital’s informal settlements, recent heavy rain showers resulted in disaster as a total 79 households were flooded.

The heavy rains, according to a situation report by the City of Windhoek, affected a total 71 households in Havana and eight households in Otjomuise.

In the statement, City of Windhoek mayor, Job Amupanda reported that there was no loss of lives despite the disasters.

“As of this morning, and based on reported incidents, 71 households in Havana and eight in Otjomuise are affected, but thankfully, no loss of life has been recorded since the onset of the rainy season on 30 December 2020,” said Amupanda.


HAZARDOUS: Some parts of the Havana informal settlement which were flooded earlier this week. Video: contributed by Sean Naude.


He added that the City’s emergency response teams attended to 14 flood-related incidents from 30 December 2020 to 5 January 2021.

In addition, a multi-disciplinary team comprising of officials from the City Police, Human Settlement, Roads and Storm Water, and Emergency and Disaster Risk Management are regularly engaging the relevant stakeholders to mitigate the immediate risks and where appropriate, to relocate communities from flood risk areas to higher grounds.

The weather projections indicate that more flash floods are expected for the remainder of the week.

Amupanda further stated that residents who are particularly at risk are those residing in low-lying areas, near rivers or downstream of dams.

He added that the City’s Disaster Risk Management Committee and flood preparedness standby team have been activated during this period and will meet on a weekly basis to assess, plan and deploy the necessary responses.

“Please stay alert about the dangers of flash floods and in anticipation of future floods expected for the remainder of the week, according to the latest meteorological reports. The Human Settlement division is in regular communication with affected residents and will render assistance in terms of relocation efforts and related incidents as they arise,” Amupanda said.

In case of incidents, the public is urged to contact the Roads and Storm Water division on 061-290 2363 during working hours, or the 24-hour Emergency Services Control Room on 061-211 111.

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