NAMIBIAN PRESIDENT EXTENDS EMERGENCY DECLARED OVER DROUGHT

The state of emergency declared by Namibian President Hage Geingob because of the drought has been extended until March 2017.

Geingob declared the state of emergency in June, which was supposed to end in December.

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila tabled a motion in the National Assembly (NA) on Wednesday to extend the state of emergency until March next year. It was unopposed.

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has received 150 million Namibian dollars (about 10.66 million US dollars) for the Drought Relief Programme which was marked as a priority during the Mid-Year Budget Review for the 2016/17 fiscal year.

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila last month said more than 700,000 people are affected by the drought, of whom nearly 596,000 live in rural areas.

Those most severely affected have received food and non-food assistance through the programme.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.