China joins donation list for drought relief

07 Jun 2019 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 07 JUN (NAMPA) – China has joined India and the United States of America (USA), among others, by donating US.dollars 150 000 (around N.dollars 2.3 million) to Namibia’s drought relief programme on Friday.
President Hage Geingob in early May declared a State of Emergency due to the drought in all regions of Namibia.
At a media briefing here, Chinese Ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming said civil society organisations, in this instance, the Red Cross Society of China donated the funds to Namibia.
Zhang added that food assistance to the drought relief programme is also in the pipeline as the Chinese government is still in discussions on the matter.
Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah received the contribution and said the two offices met on Thursday to discuss the national response plan, which explains the drought situation and what more is needed.
The response plan was drawn up to outline the requirements and gaps that need to be filled and look at the resources Namibia has.
“The drought is affecting both human and livestock as well as wildlife and therefore the government decided to set up the plan which addresses these issues,” Nandi-Ndaitwah said.
She also called on local individuals and corporations to come on board to assist the Namibians suffering from the drought.
Earlier, the High Commission of India donated 1 000 metric tonnes of food grain and the USA, through the US Agency for International Development, donated N.dollars 1.4 million towards the Namibian drought relief programme.
Meanwhile, Algeria on Thursday also pledged N.dollars 3.7 million to the country.