Story by Lorraine Kazondovi
… In top five worst hit countries
07 Nov 2012 - Story by Loide Jason
WINDHOEK - Government food relief for the drought stricken residents of the Ruacana Constituency has run out.
The councillor for Ruacana Constituency, Iipinge Abasta, in an interview with New Era, confirmed that food relief supplies ran out three weeks ago and they are waiting for food from the Etunda Irrigation Project that at the moment does not have any stock to spare.
The councillor said each household received two bags of 25kg maize meal in the first round, but it has made very little impact so far.
24 Oct 2012 - Story by Albertina Nakale
24 Oct 2012 - Story by Lorraine Kazondovi
WINDHOEK – An unspecified number of livestock have died in the Aminuis Constituency due to what Councillor Erwin Uanguta describes as the worst drought to ravage the region in recent memory. The councillor fears that the number could easily reach into the hundreds and as a result is urgently appealing for drought relief for livestock, as well as for people, from the government.
RUACANA - Some drought-affected residents of the Ruacana Constituency are not happy with the manner in which drought relief food is being distributed.
Story by Loide Jason
ANI≠GAB - Residents in drought-hit Ani≠gab in the Khorixas Constituency are appealing to the government to provide them with livestock fodder, as part of its drought relief aid. In an exclusive interview with New Era, Khorixas Constituency Councillor Sebastiaan !Gobs said farmers are not receiving assistance for livestock feeding, like in the past.
Government used to provide farmers with livestock fodder during periods of drought. “I appeal to the government to assist the farmers with fodder again so that they can sustain their farming,” said !Gobs.
Story by Irene !Hoaës
STAMPRIET - The beneficiaries of the Bernafay Agricultural Project would like to diversify from their mainstay of fruit and vegetables to more commercial products such as lucerne, maize, and millet.
Story by Irene !Hoaës
WINDHOEK - The Ministry of Lands and Resettlement is in the process of acquiring farms surrounding or adjacent to the Hoachanas communal area in the Hardap Region.
According to the Minister of Lands and Resettlement, Alpheus !Naruseb, such farms would be consolidated into the Hoachanas communal area for the purpose of expanding its boundaries.
Story by Alvine Kapitako
WINDHOEK - The Commissioner for Refugees in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, Nkrumah Mushelenga, says inadequate transport is a challenge to the Angolan voluntary repatriation process that started on May 16.
Considering that there are only two weeks left before the deadline for the voluntary repatriation process, Mushelenga said there is a need for more transport to make the “facilitation of the process” easier.
Story by Mathias Haufiku
KAILA - A group of 141 Angolan refugees that resided at the sprawling Osire refugee camp in the Otjozondjupa Region were yesterday handed over to the Angolan government as part of the tripartite voluntary repatriation.
The group consisted mainly of women and children.
04 Jun 2012 - Story by Francis Xoagub
OUTJO – Kunene Regional Governor Joshua Hoëbeb is alarmed by the prevailing drought conditions following erratic rainfall in the region this year.
Hoëbeb says the situation is threatening many rural communities that depend mainly on rain-fed agriculture.
“Things have gone from bad to worse,” emphasized the headman of Ondoro, a village on the outskirts of Opuwo, Likius Kujambera.
BY IRENE !Hoaës
Katima Mulilo — Angola's Minister of Hotels and Tourism Pedro Mutindi said the Angolan government is willing to support and be part of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA).
However, the minister said the consequences of the wars that took place in Angola and Namibia should be dealt with, in order to make the project a success.
During the wars in Angola and Namibia, the area of the KAZA Angolan component was a battlefield and the consequences of this war are still visible in the area.
Story by Helvy Shaanika
OMUNTELE - Dozens of homesteads in Omuntele Constituency of Oshikoto Region are flooded.
By Friday afternoon, at least seven families were rescued and relocated to tents erected on higher, drier ground.
With heavy rains continuing to fall, more relocations are likely as the seasonal floods swamp more homesteads.
Omuntele Constituency’s Chief Control Officer, Justinus Pataka, said at least 12 villages are affected.
by Francis Xoagub
ONGWEDIVA – Fearful of flooding, China Henan International Cooperation (CHICO) Group’s construction workers are working frantically around the clock to divert floodwater from a building site, so that they can continue unhindered with the ongoing construction of bridges.
by Francis Xoagub
OUTAPI – Schools in flood-hit the Omusati Region will open in phases after they were closed due to the recent rains.
The Omusati Regional Education Directorate confirmed this during a flight over flooded schools by the Deputy Minister of Education, David Namwandi, on Saturday.
Education authorities were forced to close 70 schools in the Omusati Region after the recent heavy downpours as a safety measure to mitigate the emergency that endangers lives.
by Helvy Shaanika
OSHAKATI - Over 400 people in Oshakati have been accommodated at Oshoopala Flood Relocation Camp, following heavy rains that drenched the northern region last week.
Floods have also forced education authorities to close 64 schools in the Omusati Region.
By yesterday morning, 37 tents were already occupied by 126 families.
by Fifi Rhodes
WINDHOEK - The Namibia Weather Service said the tropical cyclone Funso, in the Mozambique Channel, caused thundershowers over the weekend in Caprivi, Kavango, Otjozondjupa, Khomas and Omaheke.
The Meteorological Service in its daily bulletin indicated it will continuously monitor the evolution of Funso and its direct and/or indirect impact on the local weather situation.
by Helvy Shaanika
OSHAKATI – Floods have compelled education authorities at close to 70 schools in the Omusati Region to close these schools as a safety measure to mitigate the emergency that endangers lives.
Omusati Education Deputy Director Loide Shatiwa confirmed that 64 schools in her region have closed, while four others suspended classes from Grade One to Grade Seven.
Heavy rains that fell in the northern regions during the course of last week are the cause of the situation. Normally, Omusati Region has been among the least flood-affected regions.
by Helvy Shaanika
OSHAKATI – Barely a week after schools re-opened for the new academic year, several schools in the north have been cut off by floods, resulting in the disruption of classes at several schools. Some roads have also been washed away.
Hydrologists predict that the impact of floods in 2012 is expected to surpass that of 2011 given that it has started raining early and it is raining heavily in some of the northern regions.
by Mutonga Matali
RUNDU- The distribution of food aid by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) to flood victims and vulnerable communities that was stopped in 2011 in Kavango Region, will resume this month.
It is reported that flood victims who have settled at Kaisosi informal settlement on the outskirts of Rundu have not received food aid since last September. The group abandoned their flood-prone homes along the Okavango River in April last year.