Govt enlists trucks for drought relief distribution

Govt enlists trucks for drought relief distribution

RUNDU – The government has enlisted the services of private trucks in all 14 regions of the country to expedite the distribution of drought relief items.

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila stated this in the National Assembly recently, in response to Popular Democratic Movement member Diederik Vries, who asked what urgent interventions government has implemented since the announcement of the state of emergency on drought last month.

She said through the Namibia Vulnerable Assessment Committee, it identified the shortage of transport as one of the factors hampering the distribution of drought relief food items.

“Other needs identified include insufficient warehouses to store food items in, as well as a lack of sufficient manpower,” she said.
The prime minister said several shortcomings in the drought relief programme are being addressed.

“Government is hard at work to acquire private warehouses in the regions to augment the shortage, and also recruiting additional personnel to assist the regional disaster field coordinators with more beneficiaries,” Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said.

She further said food assistance to vulnerable households has been extended to 25 June 2025.– Nampa