Angola: Cunene flood victims to get homes

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Luanda - A total of 2,500 economic houses are being built in southern Cunene province, to accommodate the victims of the rains that hit the region over the last three years, Angop learned Thursday in Luanda.

The information was released by the minister of Environment, Fátima Jardim.

The official was answering members of the 5th and 6th Commissions of the National Assembly (Angolan Parliament), under the specialised debates of the reviewed State Budget draft.

According to Fátima Jardim, another measure intended to improve the accommodation of the Cunene population is the adoption in future of local urban steering plans.

In addition, she said, the Government and the UN Children Education Fund (UNICEF) are working together on a broad programme of awareness on the need to follow the authorities' directions in order to lessen the consequences of natural disasters.

She said an environmental auditing was conducted recently, whose results were upheld by the Cabinet Council's session of Monday.

As to the capacity of the Environment Ministry to predict climatic changes, the minister said a concerned programme is underway, under the modernisation strategies adopted by the sector.