Berseba hailstorm victims receive assistance

07 Feb 2014 15:00pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 07 FEB (NAMPA) – Over 30 Berseba residents on Friday received blankets and kitchen utensils from the Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) after a hailstorm had damaged their homes last month.
//Karas Regional Governor Bernardus Swartbooi handed over the items to Berseba Constituency councillor Dawid Boois here.
The Berseba village is located some 60 kilometres north of Keetmanshoop in the //Karas Region.
The //Karas Regional Council (KRC) and the Berseba Constituency office approached the NRCS to assist these victims, and the result was a huge gift of blankets, pots, spoons, cups, frying pans and kitchen knives.
Although the politicians could not tell the exact value of the donated items, they thanked the welfare organisation in its absence for the good gesture to the people of Berseba.
Swartbooi said cases of flash floods, drought and strong winds are becoming common in this region, and stressed the need for the KRC to establish a disaster management fund to assist victims.
“We need to start a small fund to help us sort out these small disasters when they happen,” he noted.
Receiving the items, Boois said more still needs to be done to help these victims replace the roofs of their houses.
He suggested that the government’s Mass Housing Development programme be implemented in this region soon to help villagers obtain better houses as they currently live in shacks.
Meanwhile, the councillor also used the opportunity to urge his fellow councillors to assist their people as elections are due later this year.
“Threats of people saying they will not register and vote have increased lately. Therefore, as councillors, we need to make sure that the needs of our people are met to avoid such threats,” said Boois, who is also a Member of Parliament.
Namibians will go to the polls in November this year in Presidential and National Assembly elections.