Last Updated: Thursday, July 18, 2013

Namibia African Drought: Worst in 30 years

Worst drought in 30 years has hit Namibia, United Nation said today.

According to the UN, more than 100,000 children at risk of malnutrition in Namibia.

Drought has caused shortages of food and water mainly in Kavango, Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Kunene. So an drought emergency appeal has also been made to support the Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) to assist vulnerable people in these areas.

Namibia Government has already declared a national emergency in May and designated $20 million drought relief for the worst-hit households. Namibia has also appealed to the international community for assistance.

Taking President Hifikepunye Pohamba words, "Namibia is experiencing the wrath of mother nature in the form of a devastating drought."

Report published in July had put over 300,000 people in food insecure list. Over 4,000 livestock deaths were recorded then.

Namibia normally imports about 50% of its cereal requirements. Food shortages are a major problem in rural areas during drought year.

The 2011 East Africa drought claimed lives between 50,000-260,000. African drought caused a severe food crisis across Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Original post: Natural Disasters List July 18, 2013

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