Namibian Government Declares a National State of Emergency

A statement from the presidency attributed to the president Hage Geingob said: “the State of Emergency exists on account of the natural disaster of drought in all regions of the Republic of Namibia.” Officials say they will subsidise farmers who reduce their herds as part of its drought intervention. Other initiatives by the agriculture ministry was implementing include the provision of water tankers for communities with no alternative sources of water in all regions, except Khomas. The water tankers will benefit 10 000 households. Except Khomas, the ministry will also rehabilitate and restore boreholes in all regions. Farmers adversely affected will also benefit from lick supplements.

SOURCES: AFRICA NEWS

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