USA pledges N.dollars 1.4 million to Namibia for drought relief

27 May 2019 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 27 MAY (NAMPA) – United States of America (USA) through, US Agency for International Development’s Office for Disaster Assistance (OFDA), has availed US$ 1000.000 (approximately N.dollars 1.44 million) for drought assistance to Namibia.
The funds will be used for humanitarian disaster relief with water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions provided by the Namibia Red Cross Society to targeted drought affected communities.
The move comes after President Hage Geingob declared a state of drought emergency earlier this month, calling for international support to assist the Namibian people experiencing severe drought in most parts of the country.
In a media statement issued by the United State of America (USA) Embassy issued on Monday, US Ambassador Lisa Johnson said the funds are the USA's response to President Geingob’s drought emergency declaration and the Namibian government’s call for international support.
'Since independence, the USA has been and will continue to be a strong partner for Namibia and the drought disaster assistance is a symbol of America‘s commitment to work in partnership with the Namibian government to help Namibia proper,” she said.
She further said the driest rainfall season in thirty eight years caused the crop production to be significantly below average and cattle are dying of thirst as well as lack of grazing, a situation that has affected one in every five Namibians, according to recent findings.