WINDHOEK: Telecom Namibia has sent its technicians to the Kavango Region to start working on emergency solutions to restore the telecommunications’ network as a power outage is currently being experienced in the region since last Thursday.
Telecom’s Senior Manager of Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Oiva Angula told Nampa on enquiry Monday that the company also deployed mobile generators to back up the current standby generator located in Rundu, and some diesel trailers to top-up diesel.
The power outage has disrupted telephone and Internet services to customers in areas around the town of Rundu, including the Katwitwi Border Post, as well as Empungu, Ndiyona, Nyangana, Bagani, parts of the Caprivi Region and parts of neighbouring Angola.
“The affected communication systems will be only restored as soon as the electricity supply is back to normal,” said Angula.
Eleven power structures on the Otjikoto-Rundu 132 kilovolt (kV) Power Line fell to the ground due to heavy rain and wind storms.
It is suspected that the power structures were weakened by missing bolts and nuts due to suspected theft of these, NamPower spokesperson Monica Nashandi said in a statement issued on Saturday.
“Work to restore power supply has commenced, but due to the severity of the damage, it will take a few days to restore power supply,” she said, adding that NamPower will continue to update the public as to the progress being made.
The company then apologised to its customers and the public in general for the inconvenience caused during this time.
The collapse of power also severely affected water supply to the region, but it was restored on Sunday after NamWater brought in generators to pump water into reservoirs, and also arranged generators for the Green Scheme projects to minimise damage.