Thousands more in need drought relief

02 October 2019 | Disasters

Since June this year, government has spent N$131 million on drought relief, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said earlier today.
Speaking at a consultative meeting with regional governors and chief regional officers in Windhoek on Wednesday, she said that 172 938 households qualify for drought relief, providing food parcels and fodder to beneficiaries every month.
She said that when the programme started in June 2019, N$572.7 million was budgeted to cater for an estimated 42 000 households based on a vulnerability assessment. However, due to the actual number of households in need being far higher at 172 938, the budget allocation was increased to N$595.2 million.
“More than 908 000 people are covered by this increased figure. While the relief targets those who meet the criteria, where households do not fall within the criteria but their food security is under threat, it is the responsibility of the authorities at regional level to register such households and ensure they are supported,” she said.

Breakdown
• N$57.9 million has been spent on food provision and N$18.9 million on logistics.
• Water provision cost N$37.5 million and livestock support cost N$16.6 million.
• Cash and in kind donations received from individuals, corporate entities and international organisations, as well as foreign governments, amounts to over N$129 million.
“The National Assembly extended the period of the emergency for six months, which will lapse on 5 October 2019. However, this afternoon I will table a motivation in the National Assembly to extend the period by a further six months,” she said.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila called on all Namibians and development partners to continue assisting government in to continue to provide assistance to people affected by the drought. – Nampa