NAMIBIA AAPPEALS FOR DROUGHT RELIEF ASSISTANCE

Namibia has formally appealed to the international community for help with drought following the declaration of a state of emergency.

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said they need at least 600 million Namibian dollars (42 million U.S. dollars) until the next financial year.

This money will also be used in livestock restocking ahead of the next season.

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila also said more than 700,000 people need food, with about 500,000 in need of urgent food relief.

At the moment, Namibia has about 90 million Namibian dollars (6 million U.S. dollars), but this will last until the end of July.

President Hage Geingob made a similar appeal in Windhoek Thursday when he met heads of foreign diplomatic missions based in Namibia.

Geingob said although he was appealing for help, Namibia needs to have a long-term plan in place.

"We must hold hands. We want to tell you that we have a drought emergency. Whatever you can do to help us is appreciated," Geingob said.

The heads of foreign missions asked the Government of Namibia to provide them with a report on the impact of the drought, which they can send to their countries.

Source: Name News Network