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2022 Winter brought miracles and tragedies

2022 Winter brought miracles and tragedies

Staff Reporter

THIS year’s winter season has been met with a lot of polarising opinions, with some people sharing their excitement for the persistent frosty conditions, while others have expressed concerns over the impact of the extremely cold conditions.

People’s excitement and wonder for the season is particularly evident after a video showing snow falling at Farm Barby in the //Kharas region has been widely circulated online – many dubbing it a “miracle”.

“Oh wow! This is beautiful. I need to move to the south, specifically this area, for the snow experience,” one Facebook user commented on the video.

 

 

However, despite this “miracle”, this year’s winter also came with its share of tragedies. The latest one being the incident of an unidentified man dying of suspected cold exposure on Wednesday.

Informanté earlier reported the man’s lifeless body was discovered in front of the State Veterinary Clinic at Robert Mugabe Avenue in Windhoek. While the cause of his death was not confirmed, it is suspected that he died from exposure.

The tragedy shocked many people, with one Facebook user commenting that “since this cold started I (was) just thinking about homeless people. This is so sad, oh RIP”.

Namibia Meteorological Services’ latest predictions indicate that the cold conditions will most likely persist in many parts of the country.

The Omaheke, Erongo and Otjozondjupa regions, in particular, can expect frosty conditions from Thursday to Saturday. It was also predicted that thundershowers will most likely persist in the south-eastern parts of the country this week and the //Kharas region on Thursday.

This comes after many places in the southern regions already received quite a lot of rain during this week. According to the owner of Lovedale farm, Louisa Campbell, Helmeringhausen in the //Kharas region recorded about 8mm to 15mm of rain on Monday and Tuesday. George Pearson, a representative of Agra in Keetmanshoop, also reported that Ariamsvlei, in the southeast, recorded about 36mm of rain on Monday and Tuesday.

 

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