Limtied information about disasters in Namibia

21 Jun 2016 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 21 JUN (NAMPA) - Available information on people and geographical areas affected by disasters in Namibia is limited, according to the 2015 Migration Profile of Namibia.
The study compiled by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) was launched here on Friday.
“Although Namibia has a strong disaster risk management legal framework, it was assessed in 2012 that the country continued to face challenges in the areas of capacity building, human resources and technical support,” the study said.
This information primarily stems from international sources.
The migration report of the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) shows that from a short-term migration perspective in the 2010/2011 year comparison used in the population and housing census, the Zambezi Region lost a significant number of people (5,5 per cent of about 90 000) to other regions; a situation that could be attributed to a major flood in 2010.
Kabbe in the Zambezi Region recorded the largest outflow of 25,1 per cent.
Consequently, IOM and the Office of the Prime Minister through the Directorate of Disaster Risk Management expanded their partnership from camp management level to strengthening the disaster risk management system in terms of capacity-building training in the 14 regions, based on lessons learned from the first Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) programme in Namibia.
The mission of Camp Coordination and Camp Management is to ensure equitable access to assistance, protection, and services for internally displaced persons (IDPs) living at displacement sites.
The 2015 Migration Profile not only focuses on international statistics and Namibia’s relation to arrivals and departures, but also evaluates internal migration.
It will be used to formulate effective migration policies for Namibia.
Initially proposed by the European Commission in 2005, migration profiles have been formulated for over 40 countries and have developed over time to have established a standard and concise framework that makes it easier to understand migration in and around a country.