Africa roll- Namibia: Land Cracks Shock Odibo Villagers

Jan 08, 2014

 

ODIBO villagers in Ohangwena are living in fear after long cracks with holes have appeared in a stretch of land near mahangu fields and homesteads.

Minister of Regional, Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Charles Namoloh, who is also the Odibo village headman, confirmed what he described as a strange phenomenon to The Namibian on Monday.

Namoloh said he contacted the Minister of Mines and Energy, Isak Katali, to investigate the cause.

According to Minister Namoloh, villagers came to him while on leave and told him about the cracks.

He said some were saying it might be an earthquake, while others believed something terrible was happening at their village. Another theory is that it is an old river that wants to surface after so much rain fell in the area during floods of the past four years.

A 72-year-old villager, Ndilokelwa Mweshihwa, and Sonia Nafuka, who have resided in the area for many years, said old people had told them that there had been a river exactly where the land is cracking now.

“I think we need scientists to come and determine the cause of the cracking, since this is a very strange phenomenon happening in the area,” Minister Namoloh said.

He added that the cracks in the ground might become dangerous for the villagers, especially children using bush paths to get to school and vehicle owners who might drive on the cracking soil.

A villager told the minister that people who had built bricks houses had noticed they were cracking, and this may have been caused by the land cracking.

Minister Namoloh told the villagers that even his brick house at his traditional homestead had started cracking and had been renovated several times. He had not thought about the cause, but they may now have found it.

Namoloh said that scientists have found a large amount of underground water in the northern part of Ohangwena Region area that stretches from Oshikango, Onamhinda, Odibo, Onengali, Edudja to Eenhana and to the east of Ohangwena Region. This may influence or cause the soil to crack in the Odibo area. “No matter, we will call in scientists to investigate and to determine the cause of of this soil cracking,” he said.

As headman, Minister Namoloh said he would invite the traditional village council for a meeting as soon as possible to discuss this problem and what measures need to be taken, especially to keep children safe and also to warn motorists.

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Comment by KM on April 7, 2018 at 2:42pm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5588595/New-rift-Rift-Valle...

New rift in Rift Valley: Farmers flee their homes as huge tear continues to rip Kenya apart due to powerful seismic shifts beneath the ground

  • A huge crack in the ground has suddenly appeared near the Kenyan capital
  • It is one of several rifts that have appeared in the area over the last few days
  •  The fissures may be caused by seismic activity and erosion caused by heavy rain
  • It is thought that the cracks may lead to the eventual breakup of Africa 

A huge crack has sliced through the ground around the Rift Valley area of Kenya - this time some 30 miles southwest of Nairobi. 

The sudden appearance of the crack around Mai Mahiu town has forced residents and farmers to flee their homes and farms. 

The fissures may be caused by seismic activity and erosion caused by heavy rains.  

Vehicles pass by a huge crack that has sliced through the ground around the Rift Valley area close to Mai Mahiu town, some 30 miles  southwest of Nairobi

Vehicles pass by a huge crack that has sliced through the ground around the Rift Valley area close to Mai Mahiu town, some 30 miles  southwest of Nairobi

A woman walks along a huge rack that has sliced through the ground around the Rift Valley area - the sudden appearance of the crack have forced residents to flee their homes and farms

A woman walks along a huge rack that has sliced through the ground around the Rift Valley area - the sudden appearance of the crack have forced residents to flee their homes and farms

It is believed the fissures may be caused by seismic activity and erosion caused by heavy rains

It is believed the fissures may be caused by seismic activity and erosion caused by heavy rains

A large crack, stretching several miles, made a sudden appearance recently in south-western Kenya. This is what Africa could look like in millions of years

It is thought  that the cracks - which in places are several yards deep - will deepen as time goes by

It is thought  that the cracks - which in places are several yards deep - will deepen as time goes by

A huge tectonic plate boundary 3,100 miles long is running up along the eastern section of Africa

A huge tectonic plate boundary 3,100 miles long is running up along the eastern section of Africa

 

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