1. Home
  2. Southern Africa
  3. Namibia

Appeal for US $33 million for drought relief

Country Map - Namibia (Caprivi Strip) IRIN
The rising Zambezi has flooded portions of northeastern caprivi
The government of Namibia has appealed to the international community to provide US $33.7 million for drought relief programmes. Some 643,000 people have been affected by the drought and are in urgent need of assistance in the form of food, water, seeds, and emergency grazing for their animals. Emergency Management Unit (EMU) Deputy Director Gabriel Kangowa told IRIN on Monday that the government had called a meeting with donors, aid agencies and NGOs last Thursday to outline its appeal for Nam $217.5 million (about US $33.7 million). "There are already indications that some donors are coming to talk to us, so they can tell us what can be offered. The indication is that they want to assist," Kangowa said. The government has allocated what resources it could muster to purchasing food. "We can pay for foodstuffs that have already been ordered, but we still need some more [funding] for other areas. We have to provide water, grazing and marketing for animals and purchase fire fighting equipment - there's a range of things, like orphans and vulnerable children, that we want to cater for. We will appreciate whatever assistance may be extended to the government," Kangowa said. Last year around 345,000 Namibians required food aid, which the government was able to provide without making an appeal for international assistance. However, this year's drought has been more severe and flash floods in the Caprivi region in the northeast of the country have also contributed to people's vulnerability.

This article was produced by IRIN News while it was part of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Please send queries on copyright or liability to the UN. For more information: https://shop.un.org/rights-permissions

Share this article

Hundreds of thousands of readers trust The New Humanitarian each month for quality journalism that contributes to more effective, accountable, and inclusive ways to improve the lives of people affected by crises.

Our award-winning stories inform policymakers and humanitarians, demand accountability and transparency from those meant to help people in need, and provide a platform for conversation and discussion with and among affected and marginalised people.

We’re able to continue doing this thanks to the support of our donors and readers like you who believe in the power of independent journalism. These contributions help keep our journalism free and accessible to all.

Show your support as we build the future of news media by becoming a member of The New Humanitarian. 

Become a member of The New Humanitarian

Support our journalism and become more involved in our community. Help us deliver informative, accessible, independent journalism that you can trust and provides accountability to the millions of people affected by crises worldwide.