Maria David & Niël Terblanché
THE people in the central, north and north western parts of Namibia were compelled to go outdoors to look at the spectacle created by nature when rain falls.
Farmers across drought stricken areas of the northern part continues to breathe a sigh of relief as rain poured down and filled dry river beds. As rain fell in the area of Oshakati and Ongwediva people felt a little respite from the depressing drought.
Although the drought is far from over the little rain the fell lifted spirits and eased the drought related stress that has become part of everyday life in Namibia.
“We are indeed happy that it’s raining. It looks promising. We are tired of the drought,” said Selma Simon, a resident of Oshakati.
Putting the reality of the current drought into perspective she said that any rain is welcomed but the threat of losing still more animals remain high.
Tulonga Nampala, another resident of the town said that the rain brough welcome relief and she expressed the hope that a good rainy season might follow.
“The rain is not only good for our subsistence farmers, but people should remember we had dams that were drying up as well. And to top it off the frog delicacy will be upon us in a short time,” he noted.
As people in the north celebrated the rain more strong thundershowers were reported over Windhoek, the Khomas Hochland, Usakos, the area of Omaruru and the Erongo Mountains, Khorixas, Fransfontein and even as far north west as Opuwo.
According to the Namibia Meteorological Services partly cloudy and hot to very hot conditions with scattered thundershowers and rain over the north western parts of the country are predicted. More isolated showers will also occur over the central-northern and central parts of the country.
At the coast partly cloudy and mild to warm conditions are forecast. Thundershowers and rain might be possible over the northern and central parts of the coast.