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Beware of flash flood danger

Beware of flash flood danger

Niël Terblanché


RESIDENTS of especially the informal settlements of Windhoek will have to prepare for flash floods as more severe weather is on the way.


The City of Windhoek (CoW) in an unprecedented notice, warned all of the city’s residents to take the necessary precautions to avoid being caught unawares by severe weather that in some instances could have fatal repercussions.


In this regard, all emergency services in and around the city have been placed on high alert and the residents should call the 061 211 211 emergency number at the first sign of trouble or if people find themselves in dangerous situations.


FLASH FLOOD: The Hoarusib River at Opuwo was in full flood after good rains fell near the capital of the Kunene Region on Friday.


The unprecedented warning by the CoW follows in the wake of an incident where 79 households were displaced by flooding in the capital’s informal settlements earlier this week.


According to the meteorological service, severe thundershowers are expected over the Khomas Region on Sunday evening and on Monday morning.


Showers, where 60 millimetres of rain or more could be expected at a time, are predicted to start occurring over the weekend with the most severe storms expected to occur on Sunday night.


The meteorological service also predicted widespread thundershowers for the North, Omaheke, Otjozondjupa, Kavango, and other parts of the central northern areas of the country.


The flash flood warning was extended to these areas as well.


People driving to outlying areas of the country should be aware that flash floods could occur at any moment and the normally dry river beds can turn into raging torrents within minutes even if heavy rains did not occur in the immediate area.


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