10 Jun 2013 04:20
OPUWO, 10 JUN (NAMPA) - The chairperson of the Kunene Regional Emergency Management Unit, Dudu Murorua says 62 000 people have been registered for the distribution of drought relief food in this region.
The teams which conducted the registration of beneficiaries for this programme completed the process, which started in May, about a week ago.
?We received 16 000 12,5 kilogramme (kg) bags of maize meal which will be distributed to the community, starting from the second week of June this year,? Murorua said in a telephonic interview with Nampa on Monday.
Only people living in rural areas were registered for drought relief, and those who live in informal settlements in towns but who have also been affected by the drought, were excluded.
During the registration, everyone living in the villages, irrespective of age or other factors, were registered.
In the past, only children under the age of five, pregnant and lactating women, people with disabilities, pensioners and vulnerable people were identified by traditional leaders in the villages to be registered.
Murorua said some people have already started receiving maize meal, but these are the people who are registered with the San special programme, which falls under the Office of the Prime Minister, under which the beneficiaries continuously receive food supplies.
The 16 000 bags of maize meal are currently being transported from the main warehouse in Opuwo to smaller warehouses in the different constituencies, from where it will be distributed.
Murorua explained that only maize meal is ready to be distributed at the moment as no other supplies such as cooking oil, beans and dry fish were received, despite requests for these being forwarded to central government.
As soon as the list of beneficiaries is finalised and all warehouses are stocked with the available maize meal, the distribution process will start.