Fires bring death, destruction

Personal belongings were destroyed, families were displaced and people lost their lives.

04 August 2020 | Disasters

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK



At least nine people have lost their lives in the 13 house and shack fires that were recorded over the past three weeks.

Police spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Kauna Shikwambi, said personal belongings were destroyed, families were displaced and people lost their lives.

“The worse fire incident happened at Walvis Bay in the Twaloloka location, in which half of the location burnt down and one life was lost.”

Shikwamabi said fires also wreaked havoc in Grootfontein, Rehoboth, Oshikango, Pioneers Park and Mondesa. At least five separate fires were reported last week in which a house and 12 shacks burnt down, and four people lost their lives.

Shikwambi said the latest fire happened in Swakopmund's DRC settlement, where a family of six was sleeping when a blaze started in the children's bedroom.

The shack owner, 42-year-old Shimpanda Hileni, her four-year-old daughter Pomwene Shimpanda and her seven-year-old granddaughter, Helena David, lost their lives.

According to the police, seven shacks were also reduced to ashes last Wednesday morning at Helao Nafidi.

It is suspected the fire was caused by an electrical fault in one of six shacks that are connected to a main shack that had a prepaid electricity box installed.

No one was injured in the blaze.

Cause unknown

In another incident on Sunday at Swakopmund's Mondesa location, three shacks completely burnt down after a fire started in one and spread to two other shacks.

The fire started while a woman was sleeping.

The cause is not known.

The woman sustained minor burn wounds on her left arm.

According to the police, when the first responders arrived at the scene, community members blamed them for taking too long.

This resulted in the situation escalating, and during the unruliness, a fire truck was damaged.



Other blazes

In a separate incident at Rehoboth last Thursday, a corrugated zinc shack burnt down and a 64-year-old man died in the fire. The cause is unknown.

On Saturday in Pioneers Park in Windhoek, a house burnt down, allegedly because of an electrical fault.

No one was injured in the incident.

Similar News

 

Another 143 000 hectares destroyed by fire

1 month - 06 October 2021 | Disasters

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKIn the past two weeks Namibia recorded 27 veld fires, burning 59 farms and destroying 143 000 hectares of land.That is on top of...

Manager, son arrested as flames devour Walvis business

4 months ago - 20 July 2021 | Disasters

LEANDREA LOUW WALVIS BAY The Walvis Bay branch of MagicDiscounters, a wholesaler and distributor, was destroyed by a fire yesterday morning.It...

Coastal fires destroy 33 shacks, kill man

4 months ago - 19 July 2021 | Disasters

ADOLF KAURE SWAKOPMUND Thirty-six shacks were completely destroyed during two separate fires at the...

Millions for drought control and water management

5 months ago - 14 June 2021 | Disasters

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKNamibia has received more than N$8 million in seed funding for a groundwater management and drought management project in the Omusati and Kunene regions.The...

More funding needed to fight locusts

6 months ago - 27 May 2021 | Disasters

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKMore funding is required to ensure that agricultural livelihoods are safeguarded by ensuring that the outbreak of locusts in Namibia is brought under control...

Epupa constituency still in dire drought situation

6 months ago - 18 May 2021 | Disasters

NAMPAKHORIXASAn assessment of the drought in the Kunene Region has found that the recent rainfall received there has not made a major impact on the...

Food insecurity at five-year high

6 months ago - 18 May 2021 | Disasters

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEK This is according to the recently-released 2021 Global Report on Food Crises - recently released by an international alliance of the United Nations...

Kunene area a concern for meteorological services

7 months ago - 27 April 2021 | Disasters

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKThe Kunene Region is highlighted as an area of high concern by the Namibia Meteorological Services, with the region's strong rainfall deficits and sparse...

Katima inferno forensic probe still unfinished

7 months ago - 08 April 2021 | Disasters

Kenya Kambowe RUNDUA forensic investigation into what might have caused a fire that engulfed a multimillion-dollar shopping complex in Katima Mulilo...

Locusts cause havoc in Kavango

8 months ago - 12 March 2021 | Disasters

KENYA KAMBOWEMASHAREMatheus Kasiki, a farmer at Mashare village in Kavango East, says a swarm of locusts destroyed his entire mahangu field last weekend.Kasiki estimates that...

Latest News

Hilia Hitula continues to achieve...

2 days ago - 03 December 2021 | Business

Rivaldo Kavanga Urban planner Hilia Hitula says it has always been a dream to work in the urban planning profession. “Right from matric...

Don’t kick the cat!

2 days ago - 03 December 2021 | Economics

John Steytler Namibia is in an unenviable position as a developing country, its economy is very fragile and it is trying to weather the pandemic....

Sheya slams SPYL for jealousy,...

2 days ago - 03 December 2021 | Politics

KENYA KAMBOWE RUNDUOusted Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) secretary for economic affairs Marius...

Ya Nangoloh’s Swapo membership application...

2 days ago - 03 December 2021 | Politics

KENYA KAMBOWE RUNDU Swapo secretary-general (SG) Sophia Shaningwa this week wanted nothing to do with questions on a membership application...

V5 Digital a forerunner in...

2 days ago - 03 December 2021 | Technology

Iréne-Mari van der WaltMore than three years ago, Armin Wieland founded his business, V5 Digital, after noticing that there was a lack of companies in...

Do it with passion or...

2 days ago - 03 December 2021 | Justice

Desiree Gases Ngeendina Angula, born and raised in Greenwell, Windhoek, moved to Cape Town, South Africa, when she was 13 years old and lived there...

A love for engineering and...

2 days ago - 03 December 2021 | Transport

Wetumwene Shikage Describing her journey at Fly Namibia, Gabriela Kamaahene says the experience has been surreal. She says the company continuously grows and she...

EDITORIAL: Opportunity

2 days ago - 03 December 2021 | Opinion

With new Covid-19 infections doubling almost every day since the start of the week, and South Africa also seeing a surge, it’s difficult not to...

December rains on the way...

2 days ago - 03 December 2021 | Weather

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEK The Namibia Meteorological Service forecasts heavy rain for far northern...

Load More