At Aussenkehr, a fire ravaged more than 55 reed houses - killed one man - on Tuesday morning. About 110 residents have now been left destitute, losing their homes and personal belongings.

Police deputy commissioner Nicodemus Mbango has confirmed the incident. “It’s alleged that a fire broke out in the deceased’s reed house, which lead to the fire spreading to the nearby houses where at least 30 burned to ashes,” he says. Mbango says the fire was extinguished by community members, and its cause has not been established yet. “The deceased burned beyond recognition, and the body was transferred to the Noordoewer police mortuary,” he says.

Namibia Grape Company general manager Gideon Nuunyango says the company has resolved to help employees left destitute by the fire with food parcels and temporary housing.