Epupa constituency still in dire drought situation

18 May 2021 | Disasters

NAMPA

KHORIXAS

An assessment of the drought in the Kunene Region has found that the recent rainfall received there has not made a major impact on the Epupa constituency.

Regional council spokesperson Tulimekondjo Pandeni told Nampa that the assessment team came across many dead livestock in the Epupa constituency last week.

“We have observed about 15 dead carcasses in the Epupa constituency, and fewer in the Sesfontein area and will continue to monitor.

“It is also important to note that the condition of drought in the region will not change much due to the climate change of the region,” Pandeni said.

New normal

He said the assessment would help monitor the situation in order to prepare better for recurring droughts.

He added that better measures should be put in place to ensure that food aid and fodder for livestock reach the communities earlier to prevent deaths.

According to Pandeni, a full report will be compiled at the end of the mission, which will be submitted to the regional council and the central government for intervention.

Other stakeholders such as the directorates of agriculture and rural water supply, as well as farmers’ unions, may be involved to find more workable solutions, he indicated.

Terrible hardship



Epupa Constituency councillor Kuuoko Daniel says the drought has forced the constituency's inhabitants to migrate to Opuwo.

“They have lost their livestock that is their only source of income. I would like to call upon the central government to consider increasing drought relief food for human consumption. It would at least solve the human hunger situation that our people here are faced with,” Daniel said.

The drought assessment mission is an initiative from the office of Kunene governor Marius Sheya.

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