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24 Dec 2015 description

Ondjiva -At least 341.000 square meters of land were cleared out from landmines in 2015 in the municipalities of Cuanhama and Cuvelai, southern Cunene province, by the Brigade (B) linked to the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA).

According to the operating activity balance report carried out during the year 2015, with the aim of clearing all actions areas suspicious of landmines focused on the communes of Môngua, Nehone and Ondjiva (Cuanhama) and Mupa (Cuvelai).

23 Dec 2015 description

Ondjiva - Ondjiva Catholic Diocese bishop, Pio Hipunhati, Tuesday here urged the people of Angola to show solidarity with more than 765,000 inhabitants affected by drought in southern Cunene province.

The bishop said that due to drought in the region, families lack a suitable meal, which calls for solidarity with those in need.

“The time being experienced is critical, the families, mainly in the rural areas, have failed to harvest crops, due to the lack of rains that have caused famine and thirst to the populations and their cattle,” he said.

15 Dec 2015 description

Luanda - Twenty-two children, aged between one to five years old, were rescued Saturday after flood swept their nursery school in Viana municipality, Luanda, announced Fire-fighter Department (SNPCB).

According to the spokesman for the Luanda Provincial Command of Fire-Fighter Department, Faustino Minguês, the interventions happened at a time the water had reached almost one meter high in the institution's compartments.

He added that the team managed to rescue the children and workers without difficulty.

11 Dec 2015 description

According to the chairman of the referred NGO, Albino Bravo da Costa, the destroyed means were collected between October 2014 and December 2015, in Cahama municipality, which allowed cleaning up an area of 121,377 square kilometers.

He said the destroyed material consisted of four anti-tank landmines, 198 different devices and 66 ammunitions of small caliber, adding that the organization is working in Cahama for the cleaning-up of explosive devices that endanger the movement of people and goods.

10 Dec 2015 description

Luanda - The provincial command of the Civil Protection and Fire Service will suppress some deficits in response service to floods with the Scorecard Workshop on Resilience to Disasters in Luanda, said its spokesman, Faustino Minguêns.

"Today we have faced the situation of floods in Luanda which has been a problem and very often we recognize that there is a deficit in terms of response, but with this Workshop, with the new knowledge, we will overcome the difficulties", he said.

10 Dec 2015 description

Uíge - At least 395 unexploded ordnances, launched during the armed conflict, were collected in 2015 by the provincial department of the National Demining Institute (INAD) in Uige.

According to a note from the institution that reached Angop, the devices will be destroyed on Friday in the town of Bungo.

The unexploded ordnances include 108 mortars of 82 mm, 95 D-30 reference and 35 other mortars of 60 mm.

It also includes 76 D-30 combative heads, 60 fuses landmines, hand grenades, ammunitions and rockets.

10 Dec 2015 description

Luanda - Mapping of hazards and risk areas is being implemented to prevent disasters and other occurrences that claim lives and destruction of the State and people-owned properties, said Luanda Provincial Command of Civil Protection and Fire-Fighter Service (SPCB).

The fact was announced by the head of the Operational Planning area of SPCB, Flávio Chimbundi.

Chimbundi said that the initiative involves awareness campaigns among the population to prevent illegal grabbing of land, mainly in hazardous areas.

18 Nov 2015 description

Lubango - The second phase of the Institutional Development of the Water Sector Project (PDISA) will start in December, said Wednesday in Lubango, southern Huila province, the head of Environmental Area of National Water Department Alexandrina Pires.

Alexandrina Pires said that the project will benefit 1.3 million people of the provinces of Namibe, Lunda-Norte, Huila, Cuanza Norte, Moxico, Huambo, Uige, Malanje and Bié.

04 Nov 2015 description

Kuito - At least 381,000 children under five years of age were immunized by the Broad Vaccination Programme (PAV), during the second phase of the campaign against polio, held in Bié province, on 23-25 October of the current year.

According to the head of department of public health and control of endemic diseases, Isaias Sambunga Cambissi, who released the data, Wednesday, to ANGOP, the number of children immunized exceeded the expectations.

04 Nov 2015 description

Luanda - Angolan Health minister, José Van-Dúnem, last Wednesday in Luanda guaranteed that there are conditions for the authorities to announce the eradication of poliomyelitis countrywide.

Speaking to ANGOP, the minister said that it has been four years now since the last polio cases was recorded in Angola, so now there are conditions for the authorities to announce the elimination of this disease countrywide, since this is a criterion demanded by the world Health Organization (WHO).

20 Oct 2015 description

Kuito - The deputy governor of Bié province for the economic sphere, Deolinda Belvina Gonçalves, Tuesday in this city, stressed the commitment and qualities of the head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, in the reconstruction of martyred city of Cuito and the province in general.

Speaking to local media, the official stressed that thanks to wise leadership and guidance of the head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, the Government has actively participated in the provincial reconstruction.

13 Oct 2015 description

Kuito - At least 8.927 people in the central Bié province were sensitized by the National Demining Institute (INAD), from January to September this year, on the dangers of landmines in the communities.

According to the provincial director of INAD in the region, Bernabé Frederick, awareness of people was made in the areas where the institution has been carrying out demining works.

06 Oct 2015 description

Geneva - The Angolan Social Welfare minister, João Baptista Kussumua, said Monday in Geneva (Switzerland) that 523.318 Angolan citizens have voluntarily returned home, as part of the refugee repatriation process.

The minister was addressing the 66th session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner of Refugees (HCR) that opened Monday in Geneva.

João Kussumua stressed that the figure is the result of an assessment for the period from July 2003 to September 2015.

30 Sep 2015 description

Chitembo - More than Three hundred explosive devices were destroyed on Tuesday in Cachingues commune, Chitembo municipality, central Bié province, by the non-governmental organization "APACOMINAS".

Among the devices, there was an anti-personnel landmine, an anti-tank landmine, 17 mortar projectiles 60mm, equal number of mortar 82 millimeters, two gun projectiles 120 mm, 11 RPG7, a rifle grenade, four hand grenades, as well as 330 small-caliber ammunitions.

The operation clarified an area of 30 kilometers, during five months.

30 Sep 2015 description

Cuito - The situation of landmines and unexploded ordnance in central Bié province is still worrying.

This was said Tuesday in Cuito by the liaison officer of the National Inter-ministerial Commission for Demining and Humanitarian Aid (CNIDAH) in Bié, Norberto Quinta.

Speaking to Angop, the official said this year CNIDAH notified five accidents with landmine, in the localities of Cuito and Chitembo, with two cases each and Cunhinga with one.

27 Sep 2015 description

Ombadja - The coordinator of the provincial constituency of National Assembly of the ruling MPLA party in southern Cunene province, Josefina Pandeinge Haleinge Friday voiced concern about the drought affecting about 40,300 residents in the commune of Ombala-yo-Mungo, Ombadja municipality.

The MP said so at the end of a visit to commune of Ombala-yo-Mungo, pledging to do everything to ensure permanent assistance.

17 Sep 2015 description

Cuito - At least 12, 970 mines and unexploded ordnances were destroyed on Wednesday in desert of Cunhinga municipality, 30 km north of Cuito city, central Bie province.

The removed and destroyed UXO included 37 anti-personnel landmines, 36 anti-tank mines, 24 small arms (AKM) in obsolete state, 1,110 unexploded devices and 11, 763 ammunition of various calibers.

20 Aug 2015 description

Luanda - The Luanda deputy governor for political and social affairs, Jovelina Imperial, Wednesday in Luanda appealed to concerned authorities to work with creches and child centres in the next vaccination against poliomyelitis.

Addressing the meeting called to assess the result of the vaccination campaign, the official said the homes that host children must be prepared to welcome vaccinators.

According to Juvelina Imperial, parents too are recommended to welcome the vaccination staff and be aware of the advantages of having their children vaccination.

19 Aug 2015 description

Luanda - Under the first phase of the vaccination campaign against polio, which runs from the 14th August, the Luanda provincial government and its partners meet on Wednesday to assess the business performance in the Angolan capital.

It is recalled that the Luanda Provincial Government extended the vaccination campaign against polio until Friday in order to cover the target population, estimated at one million and 350 children less than five years of age.

19 Aug 2015 description

Malanje - At least one hundred and six unexploded ordnance removed in Quéssua Hill, near the city of Malanje, by the Provincial Department of National Demining Institute (INAD), will be destroyed Wednesday in the commune of Cambaxi (city of Malanje).

According to a document from the institution that reached Angop, there will be delivered a cleared field, to build the future broadcasting center of the Public Television of Angola (TPA).