A small-stock farmer in Okatjoruu a village in Okotjituoo, Okakarara Constituency, Uaruavi Nguvauva lost 71 goats and a herding dog to lightning and heavy rains last weekend (1 November 2014) between 19h00 and 20h00.
Nguvauva said on that evening they experienced heavy thunder and lightning and the following day he was told that his goats were struck by lightning. “I was only left with 20 goats with their lambs, the rest of the carcasses we had to bury as we don’t know whether such meat is fit for human consumption,” he said.
In another incident that took place in the village of Vaalgras and Klein Vaalgras in the Karas Region, situated 60km northeast of Keetmanshoop, serious damage to infrastructure was caused by heavy rain and hail last Sunday. The entire town was left in darkness when electrical and telephone poles in the village were demolished, while the roofs of about 12 houses were blown off by strong winds. The rain measured an estimated 20 to 35mm.
The Vaalgras Primary School sustained serious damage as electrical appliances, including computers were destroyed. Special inspectors from the Ministry of Works and Transport visited the school to inspect the damages and evaluate the cost to cover the damages. The school, founded in 1969, has 160 learners from Grades 1 to 7 and six teachers.