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27 Jan 2016 description
An estimated 578,480 people have been affected by the drought, with at least 16 per cent of the population in need of urgent food support, now and through the next harvest in April.
14 Apr 2014 description
Thirty per cent of families affected by the drought have enough food for only one meal a day and 109,000 children under-five are at risk of severe malnutrition.
26 Feb 2014 description
Additional cases, with some fatalities, were recorded in hard-hit Kunene region, as well as Otjozondjupa and Oshana regions.
19 Feb 2014 description
report New Era
Early signs that over 90 percent of households will be affected severely by the drought in the Oshikoto Region, against 45 percent designated as worst off last year as a result of the drought.
18 Feb 2014 description
Since November 2013, Namibia has been affected by a cholera outbreak, which was initially confined to the northern regions. On 11 Feb, the first cases were reported from Windhoek.
31 Jan 2014 description
report ACT Alliance
In 2013/2014 Namibia experienced a drought that severely impacted food security. In this current transitional period, people need support as all the food stocks are depleted.
15 Jan 2014 description
report New Era
The drought relief programme that includes distribution of food, seed, subsidies for fertilisers and grazing, should continue until “affected people are able to regain their livelihoods”.
08 Oct 2013 description
report Al Jazeera
The country has requested international support, but so far little aid has arrived. Experts say Namibia’s status as a middle-income country hasn’t helped its appeals.
20 Sep 2013 description
report New Era
Government Meteorological Services acknowledged that signals for an adequate outlook were still too weak, and urged farmers to wait until October for an updated forecast.
23 Aug 2013 description
report UN Children's Fund
The plan targets over 463,000 food-insecure people. UNICEF seeks $7.4 million to support the response in the four most-affected regions, but hasn't received any funding so far.
12 Aug 2013 description
report IRIN
A national emergency was declared on 17 May after an initial assessment found that 331,000 people needed food aid. That figure has since climbed to over 460,000 and continues to rise.
07 Aug 2013 description
Compared with last year, the biggest increase in the number of food insecure populations has been recorded in Namibia, followed by Zambia and Swaziland.
31 Jul 2013 description
The government is drawing up a large scale distribution of maize meal but the relief activities are still in the initial phase and not yet reaching many of the affected regions.
16 Jul 2013 description
Food aid is no solution in the long-term. But right now, for the most drought affected communities, that is just what is needed to preserve life and health until the next rains and harvest.
08 Jul 2013 description
Fourteen per cent of the population urgently needs food assistance, and 30 per cent of affected families are existing on one meal a day, after significantly less rainfall has caused crops to fail.
01 Jul 2013 description
An important focus will be on building preparedness for future droughts by providing drought tolerant seeds, tools, and building the capacity and knowledge of the targeted population.
10 Jun 2013 description
report ACT Alliance
Prolonged dry spells in Southern Africa have led to a food and water crisis in Namibia and Angola where the respective governments have called on the international community for support.
07 Jun 2013 description
report New Era
Transportation is one of the major challenges to efforts to distribute drought relief food to 17, 727 people affected by the prevailing drought.
29 May 2013 description
Pasture and water availability for livestock has worsened significantly in parts, resulting in distress sales of livestock at relatively low prices and about 4 000 livestock deaths.
24 May 2013 description
Namibia is prone to annual natural disasters including floods, droughts and fires. Last year the government passed a law to institutionalize the legal framework for disaster management.