China donates N.dollars 2 million towards drought relief

03 Jul 2013 08:50
WINDHOEK, 03 JUL (NAMPA) - The Chinese government on Wednesday donated N.dollars 2 million to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) towards its drought relief efforts.
In May this year, President Hifikepunye Pohamba declared a national emergency due to the drought conditions in the country, which have already led to the deaths of 4 000 large and small stock.
The current nationwide drought has also affected over 300 000 people who are classified as being ?food-insecure?.
Handing-over the funds to Prime Minister Hage Geingob, Chinese Ambassador to Namibia Xin Shunkang said the money ?is little, but it is an expression of the strong friendship between the two countries?.
Namibia is severely-hit by the drought and many people will need assistance, he said, adding that his government is thinking of coming up with an idea to help with the construction of dams in northern Namibia in order to enhance water storage facilities.
?The drought has been severe. We have water crises in places such as Aminuis, Otjinene and Ruacana, amongst others,? Geingob noted.
He indicated that the financial assistance will go a long way towards improving earth-dams in the affected areas.