Onelago home struck again

Five years ago it was gutted by fire

18 November 2016 | Disasters

A simple whirlwind that started at the home''s entrance caused extensive damage that will take time and money the homeowner does not have, to repair.

Tresia Mushimba, 52 and unemployed, from Onelago village in Ondangwa rural constituency of the Oshana Region is shocked to see her home that she just recently repaired after a vicious fire, again destroyed, this time by whirlwind.

On Wednesday afternoon a whirlwind that according a witness started at the entrance to her home left her without a roof, again. The wind started on the southern side of the structure and moved around the house in a north-westerly direction, before entering the home.

“I just saw a simple whirlwind at Mushimba''s home while I was walking into my house. Later I heard a noise and when I looked at her house I saw her corrugated iron roof blowing off the house into the air. When I got there, her whole house was destroyed,” a witness said.

Mushimba''s child, 24-year-old Linda Shiweda who was in the house at the time told Namibian Sun that she was sleeping in the living room and only saw the roof blowing off.

“It started in the living room where I was sleeping. There was no wind or storm, I just felt a bit of sand got into the room and a second later I saw the roof blown off and thrown into the mahangu field. I then saw the whirlwind coming back and it destroyed the main building,” Shiweda explained.

Mushimba said she was not at home during the time.

She said she received a shocking call from her neighbour that her homestead has been destroyed.

“I could not believe the report because when the rain started last week there was a storm that destroyed many houses. How can a whirlwind destroy a house that survived that storm?” Mushimba said.

She revealed that buildings in the house were built in 2012 after a fire caused by her grandchild left her homeless in 2011.

She said she was assisted by her family members to put up her home again. “My God will still help me the way he helped me in after the 2011 fire. But it is the beginning of the rainy season and I do not know how we are going to survive it with our shelter destroyed. In 2011 we were shielded by a tent that was donated by the regional council. For now I do not know how long it will take me to repair the damage as we do not have a decent income,” she said.

The councillor for Ondangwa rural constituency, Kaushiweni Abraham confirmed that Mushimba''s house was gutted by a fire in 2011, but he said his office had not received the news about the latest incident.

“In 2011 when her house was destroyed our office provided her with a tent for temporary accommodation, and food items. We can still help her, all she can do is to get a letter from the village headman then we can help her,” maintained Abraham.



ILENI NANDJATO

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