Drought relief reaches 8 990 residents in Karas

02 Jul 2013 05:50
KEETMANSHOOP, 02 JUL (NAMPA) ? A total of 8 990 people in the Karas Region have received bags of maize meal from the government?s emergency drought relief programme.
The 8 990 people represent 2 698 households. Identified households received two or even four 12,5kg bags of maize meal, depending on the number of individuals in each family.
Karas Regional Council chairperson Jan Scholtz on Monday issued a media statement which explains that the food distribution process started on 06 May 2013, and will continue until the end of this month.
?The Regional Council is aiming to honour the pledge made by President Hifikepunye Pohamba when he said the government will do all it can to make sure that no Namibian citizen will ever die of hunger as a result of the severe drought experienced in the country,? Scholtz stated.
Beneficiaries were from villages such as Koes, Berseba, Tses, Bethanie, Ariamsvlei, Warmbad and Klein Karas.
Scholtz noted that the distribution is going smoothly, and he is happy that emergency drought relief food is reaching the most vulnerable members of this region.
The group of six homeless and destitute people who had been roaming the streets of the Rosh Pinah settlement without food have also received the aid.
?We have sent 600 bags of maize meal to be distributed in the Tutungeni informal settlement of Rosh Pinah, just to make sure that the six persons who were in need of food got their share,? he added.
Scholtz said there are currently only 362 bags of maize meal left in the warehouse, but the remaining consignment of 20 370 bags is expected to arrive in Keetmanshoop before the end of this week.