Drought state of emergency extended until March 2017

23 Nov 2016 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 23 NOV (NAMPA) - The state of emergency declared by President Hage Geingob due to the drought has been extended until March 2017.
Geingob declared the state of emergency in June, which was supposed to end in December.
Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila tabled the unopposed motion in the National Assembly (NA) on Wednesday to extend the state of emergency until March next year.
The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has received N.dollars 150 million for the Drought Relief Programme which was marked as a priority during the Mid-Year Budget Review for the 2016/17 financial year.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila last month said more than 700 000 are affected by the drought, of whom nearly 596 000 live in rural areas.
Those most severely affected have received food and non-food assistance through the programme.