07 Jun 2015 09:50am
UUKWANGULA, 07 JUN (NAMPA) Drought and floods have become permanent features in Namibia, hence the need for the establishment of mechanisms that will enable the nation to efficiently and effectively deal with such natural disasters.
Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said this at the official inauguration of the Oshana Regional Strategic Disaster Risk Management warehouse at Uukwangula settlement in the region on Thursday.
The establishment of the warehouse, Nandi-Ndaitwah said, has cost Government over N.dollars 20 million.
The new Oshana regional warehouse will serve the regions of Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshikoto and Kunene, while the one at Mariental is to serve the Hardap, //Karas and Omaheke regions.
We need to strengthen the countrys disaster risk management systems at all levels, the Deputy Prime minister stated.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said Government came up with Disaster Risk Management Act No. 10 of 2012, which provides for the establishment of institutions for disaster risk management in the country.
The Act provides for an integrated and coordinated disaster management approach that focused on preventing or reduce the risk of disasters, mitigating the severity of disasters, emergency preparedness, rapid effective response to disasters and post-disaster recovery, she explained.
Nandi-Ndaitwah also suggested that community committees be established in the regions without delay. She said they should be trained on what to do when disasters and emergency situations occur.
The Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshikoto and Kunene regions were represented at the official inauguration of the Oshana Regional Strategic Disaster Risk Management Warehouse.