Chinese Red Cross offers drought aid

06 June 2019 | International

The Chinese ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming, yesterday announced that China's Red Cross Society has decided to donate US$150 000 to the Namibian government for drought relief.

Yiming said this money would 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 providing 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 seawater desalination plant to help relieve the drought.

He said other Chinese financial institutions, like the China Africa Development Fund (CADF), have also offered assistance to help the Namibian government build desalination plants “in the near future”.

“With these kinds of cooperation we hope to effect relief in this crisis,” Yiming said.

CATHERINE SASMAN

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