Mervyn Muendjo, a young upcoming farmer who raises sheep and cattle on a resettlement farm between Aroab and Keetmanshoop, suffered severe financial losses when a significant portion of his sheep flock drowned in a freak flood over the past weekend.
Muendjo said he has never seen or heard tales of so much water in the area where he grew up in his life.
“The rain started falling on Wednesday and by Friday we started gathering the flock of sheep and moved them to another camp on higher ground because they were already standing in water that reached to their bellies. But more rain fell during Friday night and by Saturday morning most of our part of the farm was under water.”
He said some of the sheep must have strayed from the bigger flock and by Sunday morning he and a few of the other people who share the resettlement farm, Klein Aub 42, with him went looking for the lost sheep.
“We found them floating in the water against the bottom fence of the camp in the slow flowing water. Where the sheep drowned the water was as deep as our waists. To get to them we walked most of the way through water that reached up to our knees.”
He said all they could do was to drag the dead sheep by their hind legs to higher ground where he and the other men butchered the animals for their meat.
“Other areas of the farm are still so deep under water that we can’t reach it by foot. I don’t know what happened to my 70 head of cattle. Once the water flows away or dry up we will go look for them and some of the other sheep that are still lost.” Muendjo said on Tuesday.
Besides losing more than ten percent of his sheep during the freak flood he said he estimates his financial losses to be about N$25 000. The loss might be even bigger if more of his animals died as a result of the heavy rains of the past weekend.
Muendjo said that despite the loss of some of his sheep he will continue farming and that because of the rain and the new grass would grow to feed his surviving animals.