Lightning kills Omusati livestock

04 February 2019 | Agriculture

A farmer at Etunda village in the Omusati Region's Ruacana Constituency suffered a loss of livestock after a lightning strike killed 51 of his goats on Friday night.

In an interview with Nampa over the weekend, the farmer, Tjikokolo Tobias, said that all the goats were in the kraal during the lightning strike, adding that a further ten goats survived the incident, while one sustained a spinal injury.

“It was the first showers we received here this year following the good rains [that] fell in the area in September,” Tobias noted, explaining the rainfall showers accompanied by the lightning strike.

He estimated the value of the livestock he lost at N$84 200, adding that it was the second lightning strike to kill goats at the village.

“Only today in the morning one of my boys discovered that the goats were killed by lightning and came to inform me,” Tobias noted.

Omusati regional councillor for the neighbouring Onesi constituency, Titus Kanyele confirmed that lightning also killed five cattle at Omaenkuzi village in his constituency on Thursday night.

“I lost a bull in the incident, while four of the cattle belong to my neighbour,” said Kanyele in a telephonic interview with Nampa.



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