China donates N$2.1m towards drought

05 June 2019 | Disasters


Chinese ambassador to Namibia Zhang Yiming today announced that China’s Red Cross Society has decided to provide US$150 000 (about N$2.1 million) cash as an urgent humanitarian assistance to the Namibian government as drought relief.
Yiming said this money will be handed over to the Office of the Prime Minister as soon as possible.
“We are still assessing the drought situation throughout the country. China is considering to provide further possible assistance, maybe including urgent food assistance after the complete assessment,” Yiming said.
Yiming said founding President Sam Nujoma recently appealed to the Chinese government to speed up the process of establishing a new desalination plant to help relieve the drought.
He said other Chinese financial institutions, like the China Africa Development Fund (CADF), have also offered assistance through the line ministry to see how to facilitate the government to build new desalination plants “in the near future”.
“With these kinds of cooperation we hope will effect relieve in this crisis,” Yiming said.

CATHERINE SASMAN