The Botswana Red Cross Society has completed
the construction of houses and sanitary facilities for victims of the devastating
floods caused by cyclones Connie and Eline which ravaged the region two
years ago. The floods affected most of the country's 14 districts,
and the Botswana Red Cross, with support from the International Federation,
assisted more than 5,000 people in the immediate aftermath of the disaster
by providing emergency aid such as food, tents, blankets and clothing.
After a needs assessment by the Botswana Red Cross, five villages were
selected for a rehabilitation programme, where a total of 63 houses and
as many sanitary facilities were built in the villages of Artesia,
Kgomodiasthaba, Sesung, Damchojenaa and Mokubilo villages with combined
support from the German Red Cross and the Federation. The operation also
prompted the Botswana Red Cross to establish a disaster preparedness and
response programme. "Though we have other forms of disasters,
floods still remain a threat that needs to be taken seriously", said
Red Cross disaster co-ordinator Oreneile Kristensen.