Nearly 500 people in the Kavango West Region’s Kapako Constituency whose homesteads are flooded after heavy rains in the area, will be moved to higher ground soon.Kapako Constituency Councillor Johannes Karondo told Nampa on Sunday although it had not …
Nearly 500 people in the Kavango West Region’s Kapako Constituency whose homesteads are flooded after heavy rains in the area, will be moved to higher ground soon.
Kapako Constituency Councillor Johannes Karondo told Nampa on Sunday although it had not rained for three days, homesteads in the villages of Sikondo, Nakazaza and Mafugu were still under water.
The councillor said a similar situation was experienced in 2009 and inhabitants from the constituency had to be moved to higher ground, where they remained until mid-May of that year.
“The technical team of the Kavango West Regional Council met with these communities on Friday to establish their readiness to be moved to higher ground,” he said.
Karondo said three places were identified where the affected villagers will be moved to as from next week - land close to Mupini village and another two pieces of vacant land near the Sikondo Irrigation Scheme.
“We completed the registration of all those who will be moved as this will make it easier for the team when providing tents and other necessities,” the councillor said.
Those affected might only move back home in May this year as heavy rains are expected until that time.
Karondo said the technical team is still deliberating on the necessary arrangements for school-going children.
“The majority of them attend school at Ruhurumwe Combined School, where there has also been flooding, but not that much,” he said.
Meanwhile, the senior public relations officer of the Kavango West Regional Council, Salomo Tenga, said council is aware of the flooding in Kapako Constituency and the Disaster Risk Management committee of the region is taking care of the situation.