21 Jul 2015 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 JUL (NAMPA) The Khomas Regional Council on Monday launched the Drought Relief Food Distribution Programme for the region.
The event was held at the Dordabis Settlement Community Hall, some 88 kilometres east of Windhoek.
Khomas Regional Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua said in a speech read on her behalf during the event that the distribution of drought relief food in her region forms part of the mitigating measures to alleviate the drought currently affecting the country.
Just like other regions in the country, Khomas Region is also experiencing one of its worst droughts in years following poor rainfall, she said.
The governor said that Central Government, through the Disaster Risk Management Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister, has availed an interim budget of N.dollars 144 million to the Khomas Region for the drought relief food programme for the period June to August this year.
The money is expected to cover mitigation measures such as the procurement of maize meal, logistics such as transport, payment of drivers and labourers and warehouse operations.
The distribution of the drought relief food in the Khomas Region started last month and so far 3 909 bags of maize meal have been distributed in the areas of Arovlei, Dordabis, Bloukrans, Mix, Groot Aub and other settlements in the Windhoek Rural Constituency.
The programme started with the registration of people affected by the drought within the Khomas Region.
During the registration process 2 351 households with 4 159 people in total were recorded, but this number is expected to increase.
Dordabis is said to have a population of around 1 500 people.
Other settlements to benefit are Khanubeb, Nauaspoort, Kransneus, Audabib, Garib, Stinkwater, Baumgartsbrunn, Hamis Oopdam, Ongombo West, Anias Noord, Corsical Low Water, Areb, Kwakwas, Nuwepos, Verdruk, Kom Proe and Ninias Suid.