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No rain for Kunene

No rain for Kunene

Marthina Mutanga

 

WHILE most parts of the country have been receiving good rainfalls, the Kunene Region, which is largely inhabited by semi-nomadic people, is still experiencing a dry spell.

 

The Namibia Meteorological Services’ Chief Forecaster, Odillo Kgobesti, said only Khorixas in the Kunene region received 3mm, while the rest of the areas are still dry.

 

Communal farmers in the region are worried that if Kunene does not receive good rains soon, their remaining livestock will not survive another drought year.

 

In addition to dry land, most boreholes are in bad shape and cannot provide water for their livestock.

 

 

As such, some communal farmers reportedly have to travel up to seven kilometres daily to access water points.

 

Kgobesti said that for the stations analyses, December 2020 rains brought most of the north and eastern regions of the country just to their normal category.

 

The highest rainfall amounts in the last 24 hours were recorded at Okahua in the Khomas Region with 131.5mm, followed by Eiseb in the Omaheke Region, Rundu in the Kavango East with 83.1mm, Iimenau in the Otjozondjupa Region with 75.0mm, Kaisosi in the Kavango East Region with 67.0mm and Choantsas in the Oshikoto Region with 61.0mm.

 

According to Kgobetsi, most of the country received normal to above normal rain during December, with the exception of western most areas, where below normal rainfall was experienced.

 

Looking at the seasonal performance from October 2020 to December 2020, the rainfall was in the above normal category for most of the country, especially over the northern, eastern and south-eastern regions, while below normal rainfall was received over the western area.

 

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