RUNDU: Rundu residents have been without water and electricity for the past four days.
This was after 11 metal electricity poles allegedly broke, some 15 kilometres outside Rundu on Thursday last week.
Electricity is needed to pump water to homes, offices and businesses.
The unavailability of water and electricity badly affected businesses, as some had to close their doors, while others operate at a snail’s pace using generators.
Some shops had to discard their perishable products such as meat, chicken, dairy products and fish, while others put all perishables on sale in efforts to avoid huge losses. For example, a 1,5 kilogramme bag of chicken, which normally sells for about N.dollars 37, was sold for N.dollars 10.
Residents also had to discard their perishable food, while others went on braai spree activities along the Okavango River.
The situated also resulted in many people now bathing themselves and their motor vehicles in the same river.
It was further reported that all 30 car wash businesses have closed, and workers sent home.
Some Rundu-based schools closed on Friday, and the residents of the town are now using the bushes when nature calls.
Meanwhile, the utilisation of untreated water directly from the Okavango River has spread some fear of a possible outbreak of some water-borne diseases, if NamPower and the Northern Electricity Distributor Company (Nored) do not address the situation as a matter of urgency.
The majority of affected people Nampa spoke to on Sunday expressed dissatisfaction towards Nored for allegedly failing to inform the public about the power failure in order for them to make prior preparations.
“The management of Nored did not warn people in advance. This is very, very bad,” complained some of the residents.
Even communication networks are affected by the power cuts.
Telecom Namibia informed their customers on Friday that the power outage disrupted telephone and Internet service in areas around the town of Rundu, including the Katwitwi border post.